Virginia: $6 million in new school security equipment
The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 434 schools and instructional facilities.
“School safety is a fundamental element of offering every Virginia student a world class education in an environment where they can learn, grow and thrive,” Governor McAuliffe said.
“These grants will give our administrators the resources they need to keep students and educators safe so they can focus on preparing for success in the new Virginia economy.”
The School Security Equipment Grants program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
The grant criteria prioritizes schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades.
This fourth round of awards brings the total number of school security projects receiving state funding through the program to 1,782. ■