Wilmington School System Receives $20K State Grant For Safety & Security Upgrades

WILMINGTON, MA — Entrances at at least one Wilmington school will soon be receiving a security upgrade.

“The Wilmington Public Schools has been awarded a grant in the amount of $19,735 from the state’s Executive Office of Public Safety and Security as part of its Safer Schools and Communities ‘Local Equipment and Technology Program’ grant program,” School Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand recently announced.

The grant monies will be used to re-key the exterior doors at the Wilmington Middle School and potentially some of Wilmington’s other school buildings, using newly developed locking devices that have a stronger, more durable mechanism while also restricting duplication.

“This grant opportunity was identified by now retired Wilmington Police Chief Begonis back in March,” explained Assistant Superintendent Paul Ruggiero. “It had a tight timeline, so a working group was formed to develop the application… The application focused on re-keying the entrance doors at the Middle School, with the possibility of doing doors at other schools [with any leftover money].”

The school district was notified on July 12 that it had been awarded the grant. The funds must be spent by December 31. Quotes for the project are currently being solicited with the assistance of Wilmington’s Superintendent of Public Buildings George Hooper. Once the quotes are in, the district will determine if re-keying will occur at any school buildings in addition to the Middle School.

Ruggiero noted that any re-keying wouldn’t interrupt the school day for students or staff.

The Wilmington School Committee unanimously accepted the grant at its meeting last week.

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