VINELAND — The local school district will use a more than $76,000 grant to install a security-card access system at one of its few buildings that does not have such a system.

The system will be installed at the Landis School on Landis Avenue by Jan. 1, said Kevin Franchetta, the school district’s business administrator.

The money comes from an overall $76,536 safety grant from the New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group.

The organization is the only statewide, member-owned joint insurance fund for school districts. Part of its mission is to help school districts minimize risks and stabilize insurance costs.

Organization Director Marty Kalbach said the grant also will help with one of its goals for this year: being able to help school districts with emergency preparedness.

With recent disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, and flooding, the organization has seen an increase in claim activity.

“Many times, local evacuations end up at our school district’s front doors, and we hope this funding will ensure our schools are safe for the students and communities they serve,” Kalbach said. “These grant awards continue a tradition of cooperation ... that can really contribute to the development of a strong safety culture in our New Jersey school district community.”

Franchetta said once the system is installed at Landis School, only two of the district’s buildings will be without the system.

“Over time, as our budget permits, we will have in place the security card access system in all of our schools to control access to our buildings,” he said.

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