“Keeping our children safe is a priority of the General Assembly,” Kilgore said. “These grants will help us ensure that we are able to have the necessary security equipment in many of our school districts.”
Scott County Public Schools will receive $82,529 for Gate City and Rye Cove High Schools. Lee County will receive $100,000 for security equipment upgrades for Dryden Elementary, Elk Knob Elementary, Elydale Middle, Flatwoods Elementary, Jonesville Middle, Lee County Career & Technical Center, Lee High, Pennington Middle, Rose Hill Elementary, St. Charles Elementary and Thomas Walker High.
Wise County Public Schools will receive $100,000 for Coeburn Middle, Coeburn Primary, J.W. Adams Combined, L.F. Addington Middle, St. Paul Elementary, Union Middle, Union Primary, Wise County Career & Technical Center, and Wise Primary.
The funds can be used for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic access controls, visitor identification systems, direct communications between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security-related upgrades.
The criteria for receiving grant awards, Kilgore said, were developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services and give 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/or schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades.