Newton Public Schools has been awarded a Safe and Secure Schools Grant from the state.

The school district applied for the grant in early June. The grant will be used for a mass notification system as well as a visitor management check-in system.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to help keep our schools safe and secure,” said superintendent Deb Hamm. “We are constantly striving to find new ways to increase our students’ safety while they are in our buildings.”

The matching grant is for $16,781. That means the school district must match the money the state gives them one-to-one, making the total money spent $33,562. The school district’s portion of the grant will come from capital outlay.

The school district has not been notified when it will receive the money to make those purchases. Last year, the school district was awarded funds from the same grant program for $19,950. These funds were used to buy a number of safety and security items, including security cameras for the middle school and Motorola radios for the communications director and the elementary schools with Latchkey programs.