Governor Phil Murphy announced the Metuchen School District will receive $128,387 in funding for school security upgrades under the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act.
The funds can be used for security upgrades including the installation of silent panic alarms to alert law enforcement during an emergency as required by Alyssa’s Law, and other school security upgrades including exterior lighting improvements, surveillance cameras, intercoms, remote locking and unlocking doors, shatter-resistant glass, signage improvements, generator installation, and impact-rated vehicle barriers.
Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. and Assemblymembers Rob Karabinchak and Sterley Stanley, who represent New Jersey’s 18th Legislative District, which includes Metuchen, thanked the Governor for working to enhance the safety of our schools.
“This funding will help assure parents that their children are safe when they go to school and let students focus on what really matters – getting a good education,” Diegnan, Karabinchak, and Stanley said in a joint statement.
Metuchen will use its allocated funds to cover expenses for security updates required by Alyssa’s Law, additional cameras district-wide, and door access card readers district-wide, Metuchen School District Superintendent Vincent Caputo said.
“The Metuchen Public Schools are grateful for the funding,” Caputo said. “There is nothing more important than ensuring the safety and security of staff and students. We greatly appreciate the efforts of Senator Diegnan and Assemblymen Karabinchak and Stanley. While we are charged with educating our community’s children, we couldn’t do it alone. It certainly takes a village.”
The funds for the security upgrades come from “Bonds New Jersey,” a program which voters overwhelmingly approved as a ballot question in the 2018 general election.
“Making these investments in our schools will ensure safe learning environments for our students,” Murphy said.
“I look forward to working with partners in the Legislature to expeditiously get these funds to our schools.”