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Ritchie Announces Nearly $70,000 In Funding To Improve Safety At Schools

State Senator Patty Ritchie announced she has secured nearly $70,000 in special funding to help improve security at schools throughout Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence counties.

Funding delivered by Senator Ritchie will be used to make security upgrades and help districts purchase things like security cameras and radios.

“There are few things more important than creating a safe learning environment for students and educators,” said Senator Ritchie. “I’m pleased to provide this funding, which will help to ensure schools throughout the region I represent are secure and that children are able to focus on what’s most important, namely, learning the skills they need to be successful in the future.”

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie will be used to make upgrades to security systems in the following school districts:

Hannibal Central School District

Alexandria Central School District

Sackets Harbor Central School District

Thousand Islands Central School District

Canton Central School Districts

“While we work hard to teach students and faculty the skills they need to stay safe in the event of an emergency, education can only go so far,” said Hannibal Central School District Interim Superintendent Pete Backus. “New equipment, like the security radios we will be able to purchase with this funding, is key to making sure our students and faculty are safe at all times. We thank Senator Ritchie for being a partner in making our district a safer place.”

Funding secured by Senator Ritchie continues her efforts to make schools throughout Central and Northern New York safer for students and educators.

Last year, she was able to deliver nearly $70,000 for security upgrades at 15 school districts throughout the region.