RISD earns TASB loss prevention grant

AUSTIN–Rockdale ISD has been awarded a loss prevention grant of $2,000 from the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) Risk Management Fund. Grant monies will help implement loss prevention and safety initiatives to reduce the potential for property losses and on-thejob injuries and raise safety awareness, according to district assistant superintendent for business and operations Karl Kacir.

This award is par t of t he $550,000 in grants the Fund gave this year to 200 Texas school districts and educational entities. Since 1998, the Fund’s Loss Prevention Grant Program has distributed 1,781 total grants for more than $4.5 million to Fund members in the workers’ compensation and property/ liability programs.

“The safety and well being of all employees and prevention of losses are crucial issues in the workplace. The Fund is dedicated to partnering with its members to save valuable resources and do everything we can to help educate staff to provide for a healthier work force and create a safer work environment,” said Edwin Thompson, director of TASB Loss Prevention Service. “We are quite proud that the Fund has been able to award much-needed resources to our members over the years.”

Kacir said that the grant money will be used to purchase security cameras for the transporation/ maintenance yard that houses 44 district vehicles. Funds will also be used to upgrade the yard, including removal of old, unused equipment, sheds and light poles.

“Since the installation of security cameras in campuses, there has been minimal vandalism,” Kacir said. “The addition of security cameras to the transporation/ maintenance area, with signage to alert potential intruders, should be a strong deterrent and prevent vandalism in this area.”

The 2010 grants were awarded to 186 school districts, three regional education service centers, three count y appraisal districts, five community colleges and three shared service arrangements.

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