Schools receive state windfall
Northumberland County’s superintendent of schools was surprised last week when she was notified that the schools had won a School Security Equipment Grant worth almost $80,000.
“Pointwise, I didn’t ever think we’d get this,” Dr. Rebecca Gates said.
She was referring to the “competitive criteria points” part of the grant application. Maximum points were awarded schools with no security, schools that had audits calling for more security, older schools built before 1980 and the school division’s composite index.
Neither of Northumberland’s schools are old and both already had security measures in place. The division’s composite index is as bad as it can get from a school support point of view. Even so, the state awarded the county’s schools $78,931.
Gates said she was pretty certain Del. Margaret Ransone’s letter of support for the application was a large factor in the county’s successful application. Ransone pointed out that the elementary school has an inadequate security camera and no resource officer. She also noted that Sheriff C.A. Wilkins agreed that more surveillance was needed.
The school division’s application asked for $22,000 for additional surveillance cameras in the high school, $20,840 for additional surveillance cameras in the middle school. The division asked for the most, $54,900 for the elementary school, which is 10 years older than the high-middle school complex. It asked for $54,900 for an updated surveillance system and an electronic access system that would limit access to the school for outsiders.
While the grant totaled about $20,000 less than the application had requested, Gates said, “I hope we can get somebody to do it for what we got.” (Since the grant requires a 25 per cent match from Lancaster County
Republicans have opened a campaign office across from Lancaster High School where yard signs and campaign literature are available for GOP supporters.
With the season’s traditional start, Del. Margaret Ransone visited both the Northumberland County Republican Committee meeting and a meeting of the Northumberland County Political Caucus Thursday evening. Although Ransone has no opposition this year, both groups pledged to put up signs for her and otherwise try to assure a large vote on her behalf. While no deal was involved, Ransone agreed to sell tickets to the Northumberland Republican’s annual oyster roast that will be at Cowart’s Seafood Oct. 5.
Tomlin is the only clerk’s candidate endorsed by a party. The local GOP committee has endorsed him, Beckett said. Tony Allison has the support of the Northumberland Political Caucus, which is primarily made up of Republicans.