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Security for Phase I Schools of Comprehensive Facilities Plan

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Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $750,000)

The Congressionally Selected Awards Program, authorized by the Omnibus Appropriations Act, 2009 (Pub. L. 111-8), helps improve the functioning of the criminal justice system, prevent or combat juvenile delinquency, and/or assist victims of crime (other than compensation). Funds should be used for the projects selected by Congress, in the amounts specified in the joint explanatory statement incorporated by reference into Pub. L. 111-8, and generally consistent with one or more of the following statutory purposes: improving the functioning of the criminal justice system, preventing or combating juvenile delinquency, or assisting victims of crime (other than compensation). Each of these purposes is framed using language drawn, respectively, from the former Byrne discretionary statute, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act. This project is authorized and funded through a line item in the FY 09 Congressional Budget and by the joint explanatory statement that is incorporated by reference into the FY09 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

The purpose of this project is deter gang violence by enhancing the safety and security of the Phase I schools that are part of the Allentown School District's facilities modernization and building program. This will be accomplished by implementing anti-gang initiatives and security systems to support the local criminal justice system, prevent juvenile delinquency, and provide assistance to victims of crime. The target population includes 8,527 students attending two high schools, two middle schools, and two elementary schools. The goal is to reduce the number of negative incidences including violence, vandalism, theft, bullying, and students leaving the building without authorization, by improving security at these schools. This will be achieved by installing video camera systems and improving security at building access points. This project is part of the District's larger effort to create safe and healthy learning environments in schools and implement anti-gang initiatives for the Allentown School District, community partners, students, staff, and families. Outcomes of this project will be measured by current student data systems in place and the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program student survey.


Date Created: September 17, 2009