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Aledo ISD awarded $99,173 grant for safety and security

AISD News March 3, 2021

 

Always looking for ways to keep students and staff as safe as possible, the Aledo ISD was awarded a $99,173 Texas Education Agency School Safety and Security Grant in April of 2020.

 

As a part of that grant, the district recently completed installing six safety gates around the Aledo High School complex. AISD is also in the process of purchasing updated communications equipment for school buses and the Aledo ISD Police Department.

 

Through the grant, districts were able to apply for specific and limited items or equipment to enhance school safety. The grant monies covered the cost to purchase and install the communication equipment and the security gates, so no district funds were used.

 

“It is important that we have the ability to control access to our campuses and students during emergencies,” Aledo ISD Police Chief Fred Collie said. “These new safety gates, when used, will increase campus safety and help facilitate a more secure educational environment.”

 

The security gates will allow the district to restrict access to and egress from the parking lots on the north side of Aledo High School and Daniel Ninth Grade Campus as well as on the east side of the stadium. They will be used during emergencies, when needed, and also during large events to mitigate high volumes of traffic. The security gates do not restrict traffic flow on any public roadway.

 

“Routine use of the gates is not anticipated at this time,” Collie said.

 

The updated communications equipment includes an upgraded repeater system used for buses, new radios on buses, and new two-way communication systems for police officers.