Grants to local school districts target emergency response

The News TribuneJune 2, 2014 

Ten Pierce County school districts will share in more than $7 million awarded to 80 districts around the state to help them install emergency response systems.

The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction said the grants are intended for systems that will decrease the time it takes police and other emergency workers to arrive and react to incidents at schools.

The grants stem from state legislation approved last year that aimed to encourage school districts to develop new systems that use up-to-date technology. That might include software or other systems that allow emergency responders to hear and see what happens inside a school during an emergency, or give law enforcement personnel the ability to control entrances and exits from a building during an emergency.

The 10 Pierce County districts that will benefit, with the dollars they’ll receive:

Carbonado: $5,449.

Clover Park: $149,400.

Eatonville: $20,300.

Fife: $65,030.

Peninsula: $65,356.

Puyallup: $425,640.

Steilacoom: $191,000.

Sumner: $64,650.

University Place: $89,600.

White River: $29,370.

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