Gov. McAuliffe awards $6 million in school security equipment grants

Gov. Terry McAuliffe last week awarded $6 million in school security equipment grants to protect students and teachers in 104 school divisions and three regional educational programs.

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 Gov. 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.”

Area divisions receiving grants are:

• Lancaster County, $16,800, high, middle and primary schools.

• Middlesex County, $23,689, elementary school.

• Northumberland County, $7,400, middle school.

• Richmond County, $34,880, high and elementary schools.

A local match of 25% is required of most divisions.