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How budget-strapped schools may afford effective security

by Paul Kazlauskas

School budgets are tight all across America. Although resources are declining, requirements are not. This is especially true in the area of security. If a tight school budget is stopping you from implementing a visitor management procedure, there are ways to get around this school funding issue. Here are some ideas that can help your school afford a visitor management procedure for better school security…


What you can do for yourself

… with help from your PTO/PTA (or other parent groups)
Have your visitor badges paid for by the PTO. Each visitor pass can be printed with “Proudly sponsored by the PTO”. This bit of branding re-enforces and publicizes their commitment to the local school.

Hold fundraising events to raise money for visitor passes (e.g., car washes, bake sales, etc.). For other creative fundraising ideas, visit www.ptotoday.com/fundraising
 
… with help from your COMMUNITY
Have your visitor passes paid for by a local business. Each visitor pass can be printed with “Proudly sponsored by ABC Company.” This works particularly well with local sporting goods companies that may provide sports gear to the school or for music companies that provide instruments and lessons. It re-enforces and publicizes their commitment to your school.

… with help from your SCHOOL
Inquire into other areas of your school’s budget for funds, such as facility, building, office supply, or safety budgets.

… with help from your TOWN
Inquire into other areas of your town’s budget, such as Public Safety, Police (School Resource Officer), or the District. Each visitor pass can be printed with “Proudly sponsored by ABC Town Police Department,” for example.     


What's available on the web

Pursue government grants and available school funds for security. Here are some helpful links to get you started:

Official government sites relating to grants

  • Official site of the U.S. Department of Education. Learn about grant opportunities, get tips on how to apply for grants, and read about the latest news on the education industry. http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml
  • Grants.gov is your source to FIND and APPLY for federal government grants. Managed by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. http://www.grants.gov/

Information and grants searches relating to schools

General information/tips

  • Find a grant. This site’s goal is to make life a little easier for those who devote their time to searching for education grants and identifying new school funding opportunities for their organizations and schools. http://www.grantsalert.com/
  • This site helps grant seekers, grant makers, researchers, policymakers, the media, and the general public better understand the field of philanthropy. Get instruction on funding research, help with proposal writing and tools for locating prospective funders. http://foundationcenter.org/
  • Read about the latest news on grants and government funding for safer schools. http://www.eschoolnews.com/funding/
  • Title I ("Title One") is a set of programs set up by the United States Department of Education to distribute funding to schools and school districts with a high percentage of students from low-income families. Title I appropriates money for the education system for prevention of dropouts and the improvement of schools. 

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Posted on 2/24/2015

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