Two local schools are competing in a nationwide contest in the hope of winning hundreds of thousands of dollars in security upgrades.
Dundee-Crown High School in Carpentersville and Lord and Savior Lutheran School in Crystal Lake have entered the Stanley Security Together for Safer School competition.
The schools with the most votes will win $200,000 in Stanley Security installed products and services. Three runners-up will receive $100,000 in products and services. Each vote also counts as a chance for the competition schools to win other prizes.
“You can never use to much security around the building, but that equipment isn’t cheap,” said Jeff Herb, associate principal for operations at Dundee-Crown. “It’s expensive and takes a lot of money that isn’t readily available.”
The competition comes at a good time for the school, Herb said, as officials have created a wish list of projects aimed at making the building more secure.
That includes implementing a new visitor management system at the Carpentersville-based District 300 high school; installing additional security cameras on school property; converting to a swipe-card entry system instead of using keys; and placing strobe lights in high-traffic areas for emergency situations.
“It would be great to win this competition and be able to secure our building a little bit more,” Herb said. “Some of these projects are really important safety measures.”
At Lord and Savior school, which has about 60 students in preschool through 8th-grade, winning a grant for security upgrades would mean bringing the building into the 21st Century.
School officials hope to build on the success of a recent competition through Target, which saw 240 people vote for the Lutheran school. The school was awarded $1 for each vote.
The school currently has locks on the doors, wire mesh in the classroom windows and a security code system for after hours, said Joel Moeller, 3rd through 5th grade principal.
“We are the smallest school in the biggest district, and aren’t afforded the type of dollars to be able to upgrade,” he said. “We have to be creative and think outside the box.”
School officials across the country can nominate their individual schools through Monday. Once all nominations have been finalized, anyone can vote daily online or by text from Nov. 5 through Dec. 13.
Prizes will then be awarded in 2014.
To vote, nominate a school or for more information, visit www.stanleysaferschools.org or call 855-444-6488.