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North Allegheny to use grant for safety upgrades

| Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The North Allegheny School District will use a $25,000 state Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant to offset costs for ongoing security upgrades at its 14 buildings.

Security-related technology devices and hardware are being installed, including videophones to support new building-access procedures, district officials said in a statement Wednesday.

The work began in the fall and is nearly complete. The total cost of security enhancements is $368,845, officials said.

North Allegheny is among 110 school districts and charter schools sharing $2.6 million in competitive grants, to be used to prevent and reduce violence, the Pennsylvania Department of Education said.

“We are committed to an extensive security enhancement project that has a big price tag, due to the fact that we have 14 buildings in our district,” North Allegheny Superintendent Raymond D. Gualtieri said, “We are appreciative of Rep. (Mike) Turzai's help in advocating on our behalf, and the support of our community as we transition to new processes that support a focus on increased security in our schools.” Turzai is a Republican from Marshall.

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.— Staff reports

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