Pa. school grants will pay for high-tech locks, scanners

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Three school districts plan to buy high-tech door locks that can be programmed to bar even those with access cards from entering at the wrong time, new computer software that can scan a driver’s license and do a quick background check on visitors and new metal detectors with state grants.

The state recently announced 110 winners of school safety grants, including three local districts getting $25,000 each: Northwest Area, Pittston Area and Wilkes-Barre Area.

Northwest Area Superintendent Ronald Grevera said about $2,000 will be used to bring Wyoming Valley Drug and Alcohol Services to students who may benefit from the agency, and about $6,000 will buy “safety buckets” — easily grabbed stockpiles of emergency medical gear — into every classroom.

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