North Royalton City Schools has received the Bureau of Workers Compensation (BWC) School Safety and Security Grant to off-set the cost of the construction of a safe entryway at North Royalton Middle School. The school district had intended to upgrade the entrance as part of its overall bond issue program. The grant was approved for $40,000 and is classified as a three-to-one matching grant. This grant helps defray the overall cost of the overall project. The BWC grant will only pay for specific security type improvements.
The BWC’s School and Safety Grant offers monetary assistance to Ohio employers who want to buy equipment that will improve the safety and security of facilities and reduce or eliminate injuries associated with providing educational services to children.
There are several eligibility requirements for this grant including:
- Being a state-funded, private or public employer taxing district
- Being a licensed preschool through 12th grade educational organization/agency that offers direct instructional services to children
- Having Ohio worker’s compensation coverage
- Having been in existence for at least two years
- Reporting payroll for at least one policy year
The school must now provide documentation that the grant is used in the manner for which it was received and give periodic updates of expenditures. The school must also provide a one-year case study after the project is complete and the entryway is being used.
Construction of the new entryway will include selective demolition, renovation of the doors, frames and hardware, glass and aluminum updating with security glass and security and fire alarm installation. The entryway construction has begun. The entryway project is scheduled to be done in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year.