Grants provide Ohio schools with emergency radios

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Applications covering more than 1,200 Ohio schools have been submitted for grants to pay for emergency radios and entrance security features.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1cQsErR) reports $12 million is available to help schools buy security measures such as special radios that educators can use to silently call for help by pushing a button. Ohio officials worked with a manufacturer and law enforcement representatives to develop the specialized radio system after the school shooting massacre in Newtown, Conn., last December.

A program run by the Ohio School Facilities Commission allows districts to receive $2,000 to purchase such an alert system or $5,000 to equip a school entrance with cameras, intercoms and secured doors.

A spokesman says the commission will ask lawmakers for more money if the $12 million allotment is exhausted.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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