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Baldwin County School District Secures $225,000 Grant for Enhanced School Safety and Security


The Baldwin County School District is pleased to announce that it successfully secured a safety grant of $225,000 which will advance the technological capabilities for both the school district and local first responders. The grant, known as the "Safer Georgia Schools Grant," is administered by the Office of Whole Child Supports through the Georgia Department of Education.


School Safety Director Corey Goble, who submitted the successful application, highlighted the focus of the grant, stating, "The purpose of the grant is to bolster not only our communications capabilities between the school district and first responders but to even go so far as to build on what our E-911 Center's capacity currently is."


The grant will specifically fund the installation of multiple police band radios in every school in the district, providing school and district administrators direct access to these radios. These radios will significantly enhance communication in emergency situations and bridge the gap with first responders.


"We are essentially putting the same exact radio that a sheriff's deputy and an EMT or paramedic, a police officer, or a firefighter would have on their person into the hands of our staff."

Goble explained the importance of the new radios, stating, "We are essentially putting the same exact radio that a sheriff's deputy and an EMT or paramedic, a police officer, or a firefighter would have on their person into the hands of our staff."


The upgraded radio system will overcome the limitations of the current radios, which do not work on an E-911 system. The new radios will feature a panic button, shutting down all other communication channels and enabling direct communication with emergency dispatchers, facilitating an immediate response in crisis situations.


"Baldwin will be one of less than twenty districts statewide that will have this capability, and easily the smallest, placing us at the forefront and giving us the potential to help other districts navigate this process. It's another crucial step in making our district as safe and secure as any district in the state," said Goble.


The Baldwin County School District remains committed to staying ahead of the curve when it comes to the safety and security of our students and employees. Securing grants like the Safer Georgia Schools Grant underscores the district's dedication to implementing cutting-edge solutions to protect its school community.

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