Eight Norfolk County communities, stretching from Braintree to the Rhode Island border, were awarded school safety grants last fall as part of District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey’s effort to improve the safety of students county-wide.
The DA dropped by the Braintree School Committee’s June 11 meeting to hand over the $3,000 matching funds grant check to help buy security cameras for the front and back doors of .
“This is all money confiscated from drug dealers and organized crime,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “Now, money that was being used to finance the criminal activities that make our communities less safe and secure is being re-directed to make them more secure.”
Last August, the District Attorney wrote all Norfolk County School Superintendents asking them to apply for grants of up to $3,000 for any capital improvement that would make their students safer or their facilities more secure. Priority was given to matching fund grants, but there was also an option for direct grants of up to $3,000 for communities that could not match.
“We had eight applications that fit the criteria and we approved them all,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “We want to do all we can to fund these kinds of projects.”
Successful applicants also included Weymouth, where vandals caused more than $83,000 in damage last summer at the Chapman Middle School, which at that time had no intruder detection system. Weymouth’s application read in part, that “an alarm system that covered the entire building would have deterred the vandal (s) from entering the school and at the very least would have immediately alerted local law enforcement.” Their $3,000 grant will help fund an alarm system for the Abigail Adams Middle School “the only school in the district without an alarm system in place.”
In his acceptance letter to the superintendents, District Attorney Morrissey also wrote that he has members of his staff finalizing a similar schools safety grant offering for calendar 2012.
“Drugs and violence are robbing our communities of resources and robbing our young people of the future they deserve,” District Attorney Morrissey said. “I like the principle of taking money forfeited by drug dealers and using it to make those young people and their schools safer.”
Recipients of District Attorney Morrissey’s 2011 School Safety Grants were:
- Braintree Public Schools, $3,000
- Medfield Public Schools, $3,000
- Quincy Public Schools, $3,000
- Wrentham Public Schools, $3,000
- Weymouth, $3,000
- Norfolk County Agricultural School, Walpole, $3,000
- Blue Hills Regional Technical School, Canton, $3000
–Office of Norfolk County District Attorney Michael Morrissey