06-17-2008 Regular School Board Meeting
Agenda Item #37

US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Service (COPS) Secure Our Schools (SOS) Program Grant


The city of Palm Bay has extended an invitation for the District to participate in a US Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services Secure Our Schools Grant.  The city of Palm Bay is making the grant application which is due from the city Friday, June 13, 2008.  A COPS SOS Grant provides funding to local governments to assist with the development of school safety resources.  The funding allows recipients the opportunity to establish and enhance a variety of school safety equipment and or programs to encourage the continuation and enhancement of school safety efforts within their communities.  Funding under the Program may be used for such things as placement and use of metal detectors, locks, lighting and other deterrent measures, security assessments, security training of personnel and students, coordination with local law enforcement and any other measure that might provide a significant improvement in security.  The city of Palm Bay, Palm Bay Police Department is making application for this Grant in collaboration with the District for the purpose of the installation of bi-directional amplifiers (BDAs) engineered specifically for 800 MHz signals to bolster communication within our schools located in the city of Palm Bay specifically Bayside High School, Southwest Middle School, Sunrise Elementary School as well as school CCC.  The total cost of the BDAs is not to exceed $550,000.  The COPS SOS Grant is a 50% match commitment which would necessitate a local investment of $275,000.  All or part of the $275,000 to be split between the District and the city of Palm Bay.

At this time the Grant status is in the preliminary stages; that being the application has been submitted on June 13, 2008 by the city of Palm Bay to the United States Department of Justice for consideration.  Upon notification from the federal government as to the grant award the city of Palm Bay will in turn notify the district.  All grant funding awards will be brought before the Board for discussion and approval.


Attached please find the correspondence of May 29, 2008 from Lee Feldman to Superintendent Dr. Richard A. DiPatri along with the June 11, 2008 letter from Superintendent DiPatri to Mr. Feldman as well as a copy of the grant application by the city of Palm Bay to the US Department of Justice. 

Review for further discussion the US Department of Justice COPs SOS Grant Program information.

Meeting Date(s)
Consent w/o Information - 6/17/2008

Authority for Action
F.S.S. 1001.42

Involves Expenditure of Funds Directly in the Classroom

Source of Funding
Other Sources

Cost Center

Andrea Alford, Director of District Security x290

Attachment:  Ltr From Lee Feldman 5.29.08.pdf
Attachment:  Ltr to Lee Feldman 6.11.08.pdf
Attachment:  Ltr From Lee Feldman Pg 2 5.29.08.pdf