Mohawk Trail school district receives grant to bolster security

  • Mohawk Trail Regional High School. Staff File Photo/MICKY BEDELL

Staff Writer
Published: 8/8/2019 6:10:27 PM
Modified: 8/8/2019 6:10:17 PM

BUCKLAND — Mohawk Trail Regional School District received $60,000 in grant money to bolster security at its four elementary and secondary schools.

The grant comes from the state Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Office of Grants and Research.

Superintendent Michael Buoniconti called the grant timely, “given the many tragic events that have occurred within schools across the U.S. in recent years.”

“It’s paramount that our students and staff be safe,” Buoniconti added.

One safety measure the money will support is the purchase of 77 “Go Kits,” emergency bags complete with essential emergency medical supplies and information. The Go Kits will be placed in classrooms and common areas throughout Mohawk Trail Regional School, adding to the 20 kits that are already in the school building.

The grant will also pay to install external blue flashing lights outside all district school buildings, set to alert the public and anyone attempting to access the building that a threat is occurring. Otherwise, parents and guardians or other members of the community may unknowingly try to access a building during a lockdown.

Also, the grant will pay for a new vestibule at Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School, the only district school without one. Work on the vestibule is now underway and nearly complete.

All projects are expected to be finished by spring.

Reach Grace Bird at or 413-772-0261, ext. 280.

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