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Plum council to donate $160,000 toward school district security efforts

Michael DiVittorio
| Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, 1:30 p.m.

Plum School District’s safety efforts will receive a $160,000 boost from the borough.

Council approved the donation at a recent meeting.

Officials from both entities said funds would help pay for improvements outlined in a facility safety and security assessment conducted by California-based Bay Area Risk Management earlier this year.

Specific plans for the funds have not been disclosed.

“I believe that every single school is going to see a change,” said council President Mike Doyle. “There will be things done behind the scenes, too.”

Borough Manager Michael Thomas said the money would be pulled from the borough’s nearly $5 million surplus.

Council members discussed the donation over the past several months.

“I think it’s a good example of the coordination and collaboration that we have with the school board and the intergovernmental meetings,” Councilman Dave Odom said. “This is definitely something that has resulted in a positive outcome. I have two kids in the school district, and I think this is an outstanding initiative showing us being proactive as opposed to waiting for something bad to happen.”

Doyle said he wanted to do something to help improve district security following the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where a gunman killed 17 people including students and staff.

“We should all be in the same boat, rowing in the same direction, taking care of our kids and making sure they’re safe in school,” Doyle said. “That’s what it came down to. You can’t really put a price tag on that, can you?”

Superintendent Brendan Hyland and school board Vice President Vicky Roessler commended the borough for its support.

“I am extremely grateful to Plum council for supporting our vision in making safety a top priority in our schools,” Roessler said.

Michael DiVittorio is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Michael at 412-871-2367, or via Twitter @MikeJdiVittorio.

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