Los Alamos Public Schools has been awarded a state match in the amount of $305,974 for school safety and security upgrades from the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC). LAPS will pay $478,572 for these improvements.
School security upgrades include improved access control, security cameras, and improved communication though additional handheld radios. The award encompasses improvements at all school sites.
The initial application was submitted in March following approval by the School Board at a work session. During last week’s School Board meeting, the board approved a change in the funding match required by the state for consideration of the application.
“We are very pleased with the state funding award. Congratulations to the LAPS Safety Team,” Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said. “School safety and security is a priority for the district and this program will enable us to implement several improvements at our schools.”
School staff and parents provided input on prioritizing security projects at each school site. The PSCOC issues awards for projects that “improve the security of the school’s buildings, property and occupants.”