School Safety: Virginia Governor Awards $6 Million Grant to Upgrade Security

The grant will be distributed across 519 schools, with some counties receiving as much as $100,000.

Virginia is not taking any chances when it comes to school safety.

On Wednesday, Governor Terry McAuliffe awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to 519 schools in the state, with counties receiving anywhere from $846 to upwards of $100,000 to upgrade their security systems, according to an NBC29 report.

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“These grants represent a crucial investment in safeguarding Virginia’s young people and the educators, administrators and support staff dedicated to preparing them for the future,” Governor McAuliffe said. “A new Virginia economy requires new and innovative solutions, and these school security equipment grants fit the bill.”

The funds are being used in a number of ways: video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and other upgrades.

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The School Security Equipment Grant was established after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., in 2012.


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