St. Joseph High gets grant for security upgrades

St. Joseph High School has been awarded a $92,857 school security grant by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. The matching grant commits $185,750 for increased security measures at the school.

“We want our schools —both private and public— to make their institutions as safe as possible,” Malloy said.

The grant will strengthen security measures on campus by adding a computerized entry system, additional surveillance cameras, protective classroom enhancements, and will allow the school to increase surveillance at access points.

“Safety is a top concern at St. Joe’s,” William J. Fitzgerald, PhD, president of St. Joseph High School, said. “When students are comfortable and relaxed, academic achievement increases. When parents are less anxious, academic achievement increases. So, safety is a priority. It’s great to know the Governor feels the same way. The grant not merely doubles our resources, it means we can make these enhancements immediately.”

Jessica Morales, admissions director, said safety and security is an important part of the conversation throughout the admissions process.

“Both students and parents seek a high school community that is comfortable and safe,” Morales said. “We are committed to ensuring that safe atmosphere. The support from the State of Connecticut will only help us fulfill the promise.”

St. Joseph High School is one of the 445 public and private schools to be included in the School Security Grant Program. Three-hundred and eighty public schools and 65 private and religious schools will receive funds. A total of $22 million in state funding will be used to reimburse municipalities for a portion of the costs associated with security infrastructure improvements at 445 schools.