Bayside, Cox and Green Run high schools sharing $60,792 in grant money to make public schools safer

October 6, 2017

     Three Virginia Beach high schools are set to share $60,792 in state funds for improved safety measures at the schools.

 

     The funds will go to Bayside High, Frank W. Cox High and Green Run High, respectively, as part of $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to protect students and teachers in 104 school divisions and three regional educational programs statewide.

 

     Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe made the announcement today.

 

     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 545 schools and other instructional facilities.

 

    "School safety is imperative to providing an environment where students can learn, grow and thrive,” said McAuliffe. “These grants will provide our school administrators with the resources they need to keep their students and teachers safe so they can concentrate on providing a world class education and 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 December 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

 

      The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services — gives 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.

 

     This fifth round of awards brings the total number of school security projects receiving state funding through the program to 2,327.

 

     "School safety is imperative to providing an environment where students can learn, grow and thrive,” said McAuliffe. “These grants will provide our school administrators with the resources they need to keep their students and teachers safe so they can concentrate on providing a world class education and preparing for success in the new Virginia economy.”    

 

     Photo: (Sun stock image.)

 

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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