ASIS Foundation Awards $40,000 for Security Enhancements to Chicago Public School

Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) July 08, 2013

Spencer Technology Academy, in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), has been selected as the winner of ASIS Foundations School Security Funding Competition. ASIS International (ASIS), the leading organization for security management professionals worldwide, is the largest donor to this annual initiative to improve school security with a $ 20,000 donation. A full listing of donors may be viewed online.

Located on the Westside of Chicago, Spencer Technology Academy houses 930 students in grades PreK-8 in two separate buildings. Proposed improvements include the addition of both indoor and outdoor surveillance cameras to act as a deterrent for potential wrongdoers and to provide staff the means by which to monitor the safety of the children as they pass from one building to the second, as well as those entering and exiting the school.

It is difficult to express into words what this award means to my school and the students and families that we serve in our community. Securing our campus is increasingly challenging, stated Spencer Technology Academy Principal Dr. Shawn L. Jackson. Unmonitored entrance points make our school vulnerable to unwanted access leading to equipment theft, violent activity, and criminal behavior. At Spencer, the goal of the educators is to prepare students for college and career by providing access and exposure to necessary technological resources. This award will provide for enhanced security that will allow us to continue to provide the latest technological equipment and to provide a safe learning environment for our students and to meet our goal, added Jackson.

Schools within CPS were asked to considerthrough a series of short essaystheir particular security concerns and how those concerns might impact their students, teachers and administrators. They were asked to describe security risks they would attempt to reduce and/or eliminate, and list specific security enhancements they would purchase with the funding. A committee comprised of security management professionals from the ASIS Chicago Chapter judged the submissions.

This is the tenth year that ASIS has sponsored this competition, as a way of giving back to the community where our Annual Seminar and Exhibits is held, says ASIS Chief Executive Officer Michael J. Stack. The aim of the competition is to encourage local schools to assess the security issues that confront their buildings, staff and students every day.

Students behavior online presents just as many threats to their safety and security as physical threats. To complement the ASIS donation to Spencer, (ISC)