Montclair Public Schools have received a $377,768 grant for the installation of silent panic alarms and other school security upgrades as part of the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act. 

“We are excited that there are monies for school security projects following Gov. [Phil] Murphy’s legislation,” Superintendent Jonathan Ponds told Montclair Local Tuesday. “We are working in collaboration with the business office to spend monies appropriately and with proper vendors.”

Murphy signed legislation Jan. 13 that appropriated more than $5 million from the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act for security upgrades in school districts around the state.

“The safety and well-being of students and educators across our state is one of our top priorities. By investing in school security, we are also investing in healthy and safe learning environments,” Murphy said in a press release from his office. “This funding will help many schools make necessary security enhancements to their facilities.”

The Montclair Board of Education will vote Wednesday on a $35,300 security contract with StoneGate Associates. The proposed work includes a school safety and security assessment, an emergency management plan, training sessions and safety committee support. 

Ponds has not yet specifically answered a question asking if the Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act funds will be used to cover the Stonegate costs.

— Talia Wiener