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Brunswick Schools to upgrade security, buy buses

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BRUNSWICK –– Brunswick Schools received a School Safety and Security Grant from the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation to update security measures throughout the district.

The $40,000 grant will help cover the cost of new security equipment at several schools. The grant is a total of $55,000 as it requires the district to match up to $15,000.

“Its additional cameras and swipe cards at access points in the buildings,” said Salvatore Grida, the district’s director of business services. “It would be for the elementary schools and the high school.”

The district plans to purchase the equipment and install it in the spring.

In addition to new security equipment, the district is making plans to purchase new buses.

“Essentially, the board has authorized up to three buses,” said district Treasurer Mark Pepera. “We’ve allocated money for this year. We try to purchase a few buses each year to keep our fleet rotated and current because of mileage and use. If you had to buy five, six, seven buses in a year, that’s a pretty hefty price.”

According to Pepera, the district has allocated $200,000 for the purchase of new buses, and he thinks the district can get three buses for that amount.

The board also approved Monday a memorandum of understanding with College Now Greater Cleveland.

“It’s a program that provides a lot of scholarship assistance for our students,” Pepera said.

College Now works to help students reach collegiate goals through financial aid counseling and career advising.

According to language in the memorandum, the purpose of the partnership is to define the roles and responsibilities of Brunswick Schools and College Now in regards to providing an advising plan for Brunswick High School parents and students and a data exchange that would make it easier for high school personnel to be aware of College Now services.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at aalfano@medina-gazette.com
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