Keokuk School District Receives 1/4 Million for School Safaety

The  Keokuk Community School District was awarded a $250,000 School Safety Improvement Grant from the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“I am pleased that we are able to upgrade our security cameras,” Dr. Kathy Dinger, KCSD superintendent, said. “Through this grant we will be able to add this additional level of security to our district for the safety of our students and parents.”

The Grant has been approved for $50,000 per school building and the district plans to use the funds for new security cameras for each building. To be awarded the grant, KCSD provided the scope of work, milestones and the budget, which was then approved by the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

“It is important to continue to make improvements on our security measures for the safety of our schools,” Clint Wray, Keokuk School Board president, said. “Another improvement that we’ve made recently is through our agreements with local law enforcement that provides remote access to the KHS security cameras for the officers in case of an immediate concern or emergency.”

The funds come from the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) and is awarded by the U.S. Department of Treasury. Funding through this federal program is for minor capital improvements for security enhancements from the approved categories. 

PHOTO CAPTION: The door cameras are among the security cameras that will be updated within the scope of work that will be completed through the School Safety Improvement Grant.