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District 6 Awarded Grant to Create Command Center

Greeley-Evans School District 6 has been awarded $509,000 to build an incident response command center to enhance district-wide security and crisis response.

 

The district applied for the grant through the School Security Disbursement Grant Program, which was created by the Colorado State Legislature and funded with $16 million for the first year. More than 120 grant applications were received and 68 were selected to receive funding, including District 6.

 

The grants can be used for capital construction to improve safety and security, training in student threat assessment, provide training for school resource officers, provide training in emergency response, and other areas of school safety and incident response.

 

District 6 will use the funding to build an incident response command center at the Administration Building in downtown Greeley. The grant will be used to pay for technology equipment and software, infrastructure, furniture, crisis response equipment and training. The center will be used as a command center for crisis response, and will eventually be built out to include a dispatch center to assist schools and district buildings, coordinate emergency response and provide continuous monitoring of security cameras.

 

“A big part of our work with the 2019 Bond Issue and our strategic plan, Innovation 2030, has been to continually look at how we can make our schools safer and more secure. We have added security personnel, constructed secure entrances, installed thousands of security cameras and have enhanced training for staff,” said Superintendent Dr. Deirdre Pilch. “Creating a central command center to help manage emergencies and crisis situations has been a missing piece that this grant will help us fill.”

 

Funding will be available in May and District 6 hopes to have the Safety and Security Command Center up and running in the fall.