Schools Get Some Help with Crisis Management
Byline: Matt Arado
Leaders of about 30 Mount Prospect schools and day-care centers will be able to improve the schools' emergency and crisis management plans during the coming year with the help of a grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The grant totals about $225,000, and it will be awarded to the Mount Prospect Crisis Planning Consortium, a group that includes the village, five school districts and nearly 30 public and private schools.
Since 2003, the group has met regularly to coordinate school safety plans in the wake of a major disaster or emergency.
The grant money will allow the group to perform assessments of the safety levels at each school, conduct safety exercises and drills, provide special training to staff members and buy needed equipment, such as communication devices and classroom emergency flipcharts.
Fire Chief Mike Figolah said the consortium was one of only two agencies in the state to receive a grant this year.
"The grant will provide money for school safety initiates that the consortium planned on implementing, but lacked funding for," he said.
The school districts involved in the consortium are Wheeling Elementary District 21, River Trails Elementary District 26, Mount Prospect Elementary District 57, Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 and Northwest Suburban High School District 214.
Many day-care centers and private/parochial schools in Mount Prospect are also part of the group.
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