WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — In response to Westborough Public Schools' efforts to promote safety and control costs, the Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Association (MIIA) has awarded the school system multiple grants to implement new practices.
The MIIA recently announced it would grant Westborough schools $6,760 to install a new online maintenance work-order system, and another $3,000 to improve the school system's maintenance safety training program, according to a news release.
“The grants that MIIA awarded Westborough Public Schools provided us with a fabulous opportunity that otherwise would have been delayed due to budget constraints,” said Westborough Finance Director Irene Oliver in a news release.
The new work-order system is intended to expedite the process of handling maintenance issues.
The program, which is still in a pilot phase, will allow employees to monitor the status of work orders online and "contribute to a safer, healthier and more vital campus," said the release.
The refined school-safety procedures will include the training of school maintenance and grounds workers to work in confined spaces, along with electrical, rooftop and chemical safety practices.
The MIIA is a member-based organization that awards grants in order to help install safety and loss-prevention programs, according to the release.
"The effects [of these grants] will be realized for many years to come," Oliver said.