— DANVILLE – A $25,000 grant has been awarded to the Danville school district to install 40 security cameras at Liberty Valley Intermediate School.
The competitive grant was awarded by the acting Secretary of Education, Carolyn Dumaresq, as part of $2.6 million given to 110 public schools throughout the state implementing programs to prevent and reduce incidents of violence.
While violence is not a problem at Danville schools, said Superintendent Cheryl Latorre, Liberty Valley is the only school in the district without security cameras. The district felt their installation was necessary since the school is in a more rural part of the community and is served by state police instead of borough law enforcement.
“This was one of the buildings we felt we wanted to enhance,” Latorre said, also noting that Liberty Valley is very far removed from other district buildings. “We felt a camera system would be an excellent safety feature.”
The cameras will be installed before the end of June as the grant is only good until the end of that month. A final cost on the camera system has not yet been determined. Money has already been budgeted for cameras, so there will be no additional cost to taxpayers, Latorre said. The school board will further discuss the matter at an upcoming meeting.
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