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Four schools to share public safety grants

SoVaNow.com / October 07, 2018
Four Halifax County public schools have been awarded $51,412 in school safety grants, it was announced late last week.

Halifax County Middle School, Scottsburg, Sinai and South Boston elementary schools will divide the money after school board members decide how the money can best be used.

Also receiving grant monies was Mecklenburg County where four public schools received $65,320 to be used at Chase City, Clarksville, LaCrosse and South Hill elementaries.

In Charlotte County three public schools received $84,311 for Bacon District, Eureka and Phenix elementaries.

Gov. Ralph Northam awarded a total of $6 million in school security equipment grants to protect students and teachers in 102 school divisions and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 443 schools and other instructional facilities.

“Since its inception in 2013, the school security equipment grant program has funded nearly 2,900 new projects and system upgrades to ensure the safety Virginia students and educators,” said Northam. “These grants are a key component of the Commonwealth’s comprehensive approach to protecting schools.”

The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services — gave priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades.

“Student safety is always the number one priority of the educators and support personnel in our schools,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane. “These grants allow schools to purchase the improvements and technology needed to address the findings of annual security audits.”

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