OPRF receives $68,000 grant from state to enhance security

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By Community Editor


(May 7, 2014)—Oak Park and River Forest High School has been awarded $68,000 in funds from the Illinois School Security Grant Project to enhance the safety of the school. Governor Pat Quinn announced the awards.

According to OPRF Director of Campus Safety Randy Braverman, who wrote the grant application, the funds will be used to:

  • Install a flashing-light emergency-notification system in areas where the public address system is not audible, such as the gymnasiums and pools.
  • Install exterior emergency lights that will warn anyone outside the building that the school is on hard lockdown.
  • Establish "areas of rescue" in the school, for students who are physically challenged or have special needs. Staff in these areas will be able to communicate directly with the fire department to safely evacuate the students.

The OPRF grant award is part of $25 million in funds being given by the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) to 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities in Illinois. "The grants are being given to help schools enhance their baseline security efforts," explained Braverman. "These measures will help us ensure that our campus is as safe as it can be for our students, staff and visitors."

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Posted: May 11th, 2014 5:51 PM

This is whats wrong with govt. Dist 200 is sitting on 180 Million dollars yet THEY receive a grant for 68K? Mr. Braverman should have wrote the grant application to the school board. What even worse is the administrator that signs off on the $68K knowingly or not knowingly that Dist 200 has buku buckos. Hello, Any body there.

Real Security?  

Posted: May 10th, 2014 9:51 AM

The current "security" staff are actually not professional, trained security. You only have to see them hugging their student friends in the hallway, cursing, and rapping to recognize that. If you're their friend, you get different rules. Maybe spend this money for training?

Adam Wallace from Oak Park  

Posted: May 9th, 2014 11:32 PM

If only flashing lights were a real addition to security... Were going to spend 68k to add no real security to the building. The school needs to have more armed security (police) present and hardened classrooms to better protect students.

HS parent  

Posted: May 8th, 2014 6:02 PM

Hopefully they won't spend too much money installing security for the ancient and decrepit pools. Save it to install security on the new pools.

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