Assemblyman Kean to Hold Public Information Session Detailing Nonpublic School Security Funding

Posted on September 30, 2015 By

Assemblymen Sean T. Kean (District 30) will hold a local public session on Thursday, October 8 at 2:00 p.m. at his Lakewood legislative office, 1771 Madison Avenue, Suite 202, Lakewood, to provide information and guidelines that will help nonpublic school administrators secure funding for security services, equipment, and technology to ensure a safe and secure school environment for nonpublic school children, elementary through grade 12.

State aid for this purpose has been made available from the State of New Jersey, Department of Education, through the Nonpublic Security Aid Program FY2016.

The New Jersey Nonpublic Security Aid Program is appropriating State aid to public school districts to allocate to nonpublic schools $25.00 per pupil times the number of nonpublic school students within the school district. Consultation with the nonpublic schools is required to discuss and agree on the security services, equipment and technology to be purchased. Consultations must be completed by the end of October.

The board of education in each N.J. public school district with nonpublic schools within its boundaries is responsible for providing security services, equipment, and technology to the nonpublic schools within the limits of the funds provided by this program.

Examples of such services, equipment, and technology may include alarm services, video surveillance systems, ID cards, installation of bullet resistant glazing, and access control systems for remote locking and unlocking, among others.

Such security services, equipment, and technology may be provided directly by the board of education, by contracts with an educational service commission or an independent contractor. All security services, equipment and technology provided under this program must be used for secular, non-religious and non-ideological purposes.

Assemblyman Kean feels it is important that nonpublic schools receive funding to provide for student safety and security measures. “With new school security procedures and advances in technology, we can provide increased protection that includes all our children.”

The Department has developed new program guidelines, including a listing of allowable expenses, available on the nonpublic school programs at state/ security.htm. A timeline for implementation is also available.

For questions or more information about this program, contact Kate Gamberg, chief of staff, office of Assemblyman Sean Kean, at 732-974-0400.

About Assemblyman Sean T. Kean: Assemblyman Kean is serving his second tenure in the New Jersey General Assembly. He served from October 2002 when he was chosen to fill a vacancy to January 2008 when he started a four-year term in the State Senate. Following redistricting in 2011, he returned to the General Assembly on January 10, 2012. Assemblyman Kean served on the Monmouth County Environmental Council from 1999-2001. He previously served on the Wall Township Planning Board and is a member of the Friendly Sons of the Shillelagh of the Jersey Shore.

Legislation: Assemblyman Kean has sponsored legislation to mandate that carbon monoxide sensors be installed in all residences. He also sponsored legislation requiring zero emission vehicle technology be made available in the state, and a bill to increase penalties for persons convicted of kidnapping a child under the age of 16. He also authored the law creating the Gold Star license plates for family members of fallen soldiers. In addition, he sponsored legislation that revised alimony laws by providing grounds for modification and termination when the alimony payer retires, loses a job, or when the alimony recipient cohabitates with another person.

Assemblyman Kean, born May 21, 1963, grew up in Deal, N.J. He is a graduate of Red Bank Catholic High School. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 1988, received a master’s degree from Columbia University, and earned a law degree from Seton Hall University Law School. He has a private law practice. He resides in Wall Township with his wife Bridget, and three children.