On Jan. 12, Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (2020:A-6258 /S-4309) that appropriates $5,150,531 from the “Securing Our Children’s Future Bond Act” to provide grants for school security projects in New Jersey school districts.

The funding will be allocated to the installation of silent panic alarms to alert law enforcement during an emergency as required by Alyssa’s Law, as well as other school security upgrades, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“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. “This funding will help many schools make necessary security enhancements to their facilities.”

Primary sponsors of the legislation include Assembly members Roy Freiman, Angela V. McKnight, and Joe Danielsen, and Sen. Paul A. Sarlo.

“Equipping our schools with panic alarms will help first responders come to the aid of students and staff more quickly in the event of an emergency,” said Freiman, McKnight, and Danielsen in a joint statement. “It’s sad that measures such as this are necessary. However, in these troubling times this is a prudent action to protect the well-being of our children.”

“This is an investment in the safety of schoolchildren and educators in schools across the state,” Sarlo said. “The ‘panic alarms’ provide a level of silent security that we hope is never needed but is always there. State funds will allow schools to install the system.”

The following districts will receive grant funding:

CountyDistrict NameGrant Amount
BergenBergen County Special Service$ 33,785.00
BergenCarlstadt-East Rutherford$ 31,890.00
BergenElmwood Park$ 144,169.00
BergenPark Ridge Boro$ 66,603.00
BergenTeaneck Township$ 195,484.00
BurlingtonBeverly City$ 20,000.00
BurlingtonMansfield$ 27,580.00
BurlingtonMaple Shade$ 120,524.00
BurlingtonNew Hanover$ 20,000.00
CamdenClementon Boro$ 25,035.00
CamdenCollingswood Boro$ 119,721.00
CamdenLaurel Springs Boro$ 20,000.00
CamdenLawnside Boro$ 4,500.00
CamdenOaklyn Boro$ 20,000.00
CamdenSomerdale Boro$ 26,289.00
CamdenWaterford Township$ 38,750.00
Cape MayLower Cap May Regional$ 73,761.00
CumberlandHopewell Township$ 25,913.00
EssexEssex County Ed Serv Comm$ 20,000.00
EssexEssex Co Voc-Tech$ 154,755.00
EssexEssex Fells Boro$ 20,000.00
EssexIrvington Township$ 352,329.00
EssexLivingston Township$ 184,230.00
EssexMontclair Township$ 377,768.00
EssexNutley Town$ 228,171.00
HudsonEast Newark Boro$ 20,000.00
HunterdonHunterdon Co Ed Serv Comm$ 2,949.00
MercerEwing Township$ 191,033.00
MiddlesexCranbury Township$ 24,819.00
MiddlesexMetuchen$ 128,387.00
MonmouthAtlantic Highlands Boro$ 20,000.00
MonmouthMillstone Township$ 55,460.00
MonmouthNeptune City$ 20,000.00
MonmouthNeptune Township$ 205,044.00
MonmouthOcean Township$ 189,594.00
MonmouthShrewsbury Boro$ 25,305.00
MonmouthUnion Beach$ 28,078.00
MorrisMorris County Vocational$ 93,869.00
MorrisRandolph Township$ 261,862.00
SalemSalem Co Vocational$ 49,699.00
SomersetFranklin Township$ 382,358.00
SomersetMontgomery Township$ 267,839.00
SussexStanhope Boro$ 20,000.00
SussexSussex-Wantage Regional$ 54,378.00
SussexWallkill Valley Regional$ 38,898.00
UnionCranford Township$ 218,811.00
UnionGarwood Boro$ 20,172.00
WarrenAllamuchy Township$ 23,012.00
WarrenAlpha Boro$ 20,000.00
WarrenBlairston Township$ 23,356.00
WarrenFranklin Township$ 20,000.00
WarrenFrelinghuysen Township$ 16,182.00
WarrenGreat Meadows Regional$ 34,329.00
WarrenHope Township$ 1,549.00
WarrenLopatcong Township$ 38,554.00
WarrenMansfield Township$ 31,416.00
WarrenPhillipsburg Township$ 210,810.00
WarrenPohatcong Township$ 20,000.00
WarrenWashington Boro$ 24,858.00
Total$ 5,150,531.00