Los Alamos Public Schools, N.M. has been awarded a state match of $305,974 for school safety and security upgrades from the Public School Capital Outlay Council (PSCOC). LAPS will pay $478,572 for these improvements at all school sites.

The PSCOC issues awards for projects that “improve the security of the school’s buildings, property and occupant," says a news report

School security upgrades include improved access control, security cameras and improved communication though additional handheld radios, says a news report. “We are very pleased with the state funding award. Congratulations to the LAPS Safety Team,” Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said. “School safety and security is a priority for the district and this program will enable us to implement several improvements at our schools.”

The initial application was submitted in March following approval by the School Board at a work session. During last week’s School Board meeting, the board approved a change in the funding match required by the state for consideration of the application. Parents and school staff were able to provide their input on the security projects at each school site and which solutions were prioritized.