$6 million awarded to Virginia schools for new security equipment
On Thursday, September 15, Governor Terry McAuliffe officially awarded school districts across the Commonwealth of Virginia $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants.
---THE SCHOOL SECURITY EQUIPMENT GRANTS---
These are grants designed to "protect students and education professionals across the Commonwealth," according to the governor's office.
They will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 434 schools and instructional facilities.
Those 434 schools cover 96 school divisions, and, in addition, five regional educational programs are receiving grants as well.
---GOVERNOR MCAULIFFE'S STATEMENT---
“School safety is a fundamental element of offering every Virginia student a world class education in an environment where they can learn, grow and thrive,” Governor McAuliffe said. “These grants will give our administrators the resources they need to keep students and educators safe so they can focus on preparing for success in the new Virginia economy.”
---BACKGROUND OF THE GRANTS PROGRAM---
The School Security Equipment Grants program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The grant criteria prioritizes schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades.
---IMPORTANCE OF THIS YEAR'S GRANTS---
“School security is a high priority for teachers, parents, school staff, local leaders and this Administration,” said Secretary of Education Dietra Trent. “It is vitally important that as we work to prepare all of our students to succeed in the workforce, we also work to make sure that they are safe in the classroom.”
This fourth round of awards brings the total number of school security projects receiving state funding through the program to 1,782.
“Parents rightfully expect that public schools will provide safe and orderly environments in which all students can focus on learning,” stated Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples. “The enhancements and systems supported by these grants will help schools meet this basic expectation.”
---LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE LIST OF DIVISIONS RECEIVING GRANTS---
Augusta County is receiving $42,408 for Beverley Manor Elementary, Beverley Manor Middle, Buffalo Gap High, Craigsville Elementary, Guy K. Stump Elementary, North River Elementary and Verona Elementary.
Harrisonburg is receiving $52,563 for Harrisonburg High, Keister Elementary, Skyline Middle, Spotswood Elementary, Stone Spring Elementary, Thomas Harrison Middle and Waterman Elementary
Page County is receiving $94,190 for Luray Elementary, Luray Middle, Page County Middle, Page County Technical Center, Shenandoah Elementary and Springfield Elementary.
Rockingham County is receiving $58,641 for Broadway High, Cub Run Elementary, East Rockingham High, Elkton Elementary, Elkton Middle, Fulks Run Elementary, J. Frank Hillyard Middle, John C. Myers Elementary, John W. Wayland Elementary, Lacey Spring Elementary, Linville-Edom Elementary, McGaheysville Elementary, Montevideo Middle, Mountain View Elementary, Ottobine Elementary, Peak View Elementary, Plains Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, River Bend Elementary, South River Elementary, Spotswood High, Turner Ashby High and Wilbur S. Pence Middle.
Shenandoah County is receiving $99,999 for North Fork Middle, Peter Muhlenberg Middle and Signal Knob Middle.
Staunton is receiving $100,000 for Arthur R. Ware Elementary, Bessie Weller Elementary, Robert E. Lee High, Shelburne Middle, Staunton Preschool Programs and Thomas C. McSwain Elementary.
The Valley Career and Technical Center is receiving $22,121.
Waynesboro is receiving $50,000 for William Perry Elementary.
Winchester is receiving $25,331 for John Handley High.
---HOW A SCHOOL DIVISION RECEIVES A GRANT---
School divisions and regional educational programs were invited in June to apply for the 2016 grants. The largest grant a school division may receive under the program is $100,000. A local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions.
---FULL LIST OF DIVISIONS RECEIVING GRANTS---
The divisions and regional educational programs awarded the grants, and the 434 schools and other buildings that will receive needed security upgrades, are as follows:
• Accomack County — $93,198 for Arcadia Middle and Nandua Middle
• Albemarle County — $83,914 for Albemarle High, Brownsville Elementary, Hollymead Elementary, Monticello High, Stony Point Elementary, Western Albemarle High and Woodbrook Elementary
• Alexandria — $57,560 for Francis C. Hammond Middle and George Washington Middle
• Alleghany County — $73,247 for Alleghany High, Callaghan Elementary and Clifton Middle
• Amherst County — $70,560 for Amherst County High
• Appomattox County — $68,000 for Appomattox County High, Appomattox Elementary, Appomattox Middle and Appomattox Primary
• Augusta County — $42,408 for Beverley Manor Elementary, Beverley Manor Middle, Buffalo Gap High, Craigsville Elementary, Guy K. Stump Elementary, North River Elementary and Verona Elementary
• Bath County — $11,377 for Bath County High, Millboro Elementary and Valley Elementary
• Bedford County — $26,639 for Bedford County Alternative Education Center, Bedford Elementary, Montvale Elementary and New London Academy Elementary
• Bland County — $44,318 for Bland County Elementary and Bland County High
• Bridging Communities Regional Career and Technical Center — $5,200
• Brunswick County — $41,872 for Brunswick High, James S. Russell Middle, Meherrin-Powellton Elementary, Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary and Totaro Elementary
• Buchanan County — $96,909 for Buchanan County Technology and Career Center, Council Elementary/Middle, Council High, Grundy High, Hurley Elementary/Middle, Hurley High, J.M. Bevins Elementary, Riverview Elementary/Middle, Twin Valley Elementary/Middle and Twin Valley High
• Buckingham County — $15,299 for Buckingham County Prekindergarten Center, Buckingham County High and Buckingham County Middle
• Buena Vista — $4,500 for Parry McCluer High and Parry McCluer Middle
• Campbell County — $86,027 for Altavista Elementary, Altavista High, Brookneal Elementary, Brookville High, Brookville Middle, Campbell County Technical Center, Concord Elementary, Cornerstone Learning Center, Leesville Road Elementary, Rustburg Elementary, Rustburg High, Rustburg Middle, Tomahawk Elementary and Yellow Branch Elementary
• Caroline County — $100,000 for Lewis and Clark Elementary and Madison Elementary
• Carroll County — $87,120 for Carroll County Education Center, Carroll County High, Carroll County Middle, Fancy Gap Elementary, Gladesboro Elementary, Gladeville Elementary, Hillsville Elementary, Laurel Elementary, Oakland Elementary and St. Paul School
• Charles City County — $53,427 for Charles City County Elementary and Charles City County High
• Charlotte County — $99,999 for Central Middle and Randolph-Henry High
• Charlottesville — $38,616 for Buford Middle, Burnley-Moran Elementary, Charlottesville High, Clark Elementary, Greenbrier Elementary, Jackson-Via Elementary, Johnson Elementary, Venable Elementary and Walker Upper Elementary
• Chesapeake — $99,999 for Chesapeake Alternative, Great Bridge Middle, Indian River Middle, Jolliff Middle and Oscar F. Smith High
• Colonial Beach — $16,521 for Colonial Beach Elementary and Colonial Beach High
• Colonial Heights — $65,153 for Colonial Heights High, Colonial Heights Middle, Colonial Heights Technical Center, North Elementary and Tussing Elementary
• Covington — $33,462 for Covington High and Jeter-Watson Intermediate
• Culpeper County — $66,074 for Eastern View High and Farmington Elementary
• Cumberland County — $64,000 for Cumberland High
• Danville — $66,220 for Galileo Magnet High and George Washington High
• Dickenson County — $98,332 for Clintwood Elementary, Ervinton Elementary and Sandlick Elementary
• Dinwiddie County — $81,959 for Dinwiddie County High, Dinwiddie County Middle, Dinwiddie Elementary, Midway Elementary, Southside Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary and Sutherland Elementary
• Fairfax County — $93,600 for Bren Mar Park Elementary and North Springfield Elementary
• Fauquier County — $78,866 for C.M. Bradley Elementary, Cedar Lee Middle, James G. Brumfield Elementary, Margaret M. Pierce Elementary and W.G. Coleman Elementary
• Floyd County — $69,129 for Floyd County High
• Fluvanna County — $65,574 for Carysbrook Elementary, Central Elementary, Fluvanna County High, Fluvanna Middle and West Central Primary School
• Franklin — $99,879 for Franklin High, Joseph P. King Jr. Middle and S.P. Morton Elementary
• Franklin County — $55,200 for Benjamin Franklin Middle-East, Benjamin Franklin Middle-West, Burnt Chimney Elementary, Callaway Elementary, Dudley Elementary, Ferrum Elementary, Franklin County High and Henry Elementary
• Frederick County — $51,631 for Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, Armel Elementary, Bass-Hoover Elementary, Evendale Elementary, Gainesboro Elementary, Indian Hollow Elementary, James Wood High, James Wood Middle, Middletown Elementary, Millbrook High, Orchard View Elementary, Redbud Run Elementary, Robert E. Aylor Middle and Sherando High
• Fredericksburg — $32,000 for Walker-Grant Middle
• Galax — $80,000 for Galax High and Galax Middle
• Giles County — $48,840 for Giles High, Narrows Elementary/Middle and Narrows High
• Gloucester County — $78,877 for Achilles Elementary, Bethel Elementary, Gloucester High and Peasley Middle
• Goochland County — $99,999 for Byrd Elementary, Goochland Elementary and Randolph Elementary
• Grayson County — $66,464 for Grayson County High, Grayson County Career and Technical Education Center, Grayson Highlands School and Independence Middle
• Greene County — $58,080 for Nathanael Greene Elementary, Nathanael Greene Primary School, William Monroe High and William Monroe Middle
• Greensville County — $46,743 for Belfield Elementary, Edward W. Wyatt Middle, Greensville County High and Greensville Elementary
• Halifax County — $51,509 for Halifax County High
• Harrisonburg — $52,563 for Harrisonburg High, Keister Elementary, Skyline Middle, Spotswood Elementary, Stone Spring Elementary, Thomas Harrison Middle and Waterman Elementary
• Henrico County — $77,236 for Henry D. Ward Elementary and Longdale Elementary
• Henry County — $56,000 for Axton Elementary, Campbell Court Elementary, Collinsville Primary, G.W. Carver Elementary, Mount Olivet Elementary, Rich Acres Elementary, Sanville Elementary and Stanleytown Elementary
• Hopewell — $84,544 for Carter G. Woodson Middle, Dupont Elementary, Harry E. James Elementary, Hopewell High, New HOPE Academy, Patrick Copeland Elementary and Woodlawn Learning Center.
• King William County — $36,000 for Acquinton Elementary
• Lee County — $57,682 for Dryden Elementary, Elydale Elementary, Flatwoods Elementary, Jonesville Middle, Pennington Middle, Rose Hill Elementary, St. Charles Elementary and Thomas Walker High
• Martinsville — $95,477 for Albert Harris Elementary, Clearview Early Childhood Center, Martinsville High, Martinsville Middle and Patrick Henry Elementary
• Mathews County — $14,048 for Lee-Jackson Elementary, Mathews High and Thomas Hunter Middle
• Mecklenburg County — $14,474 for Clarksville Elementary, LaCrosse Elementary and South Hill Elementary
• Metro Richmond Alternative Education Program — $2,265
• Middle Peninsula Regional Alternative School Program — $4,800
• Middlesex County — $15,153 for Middlesex High and St. Clare Walker Middle
• New Horizons Career and Technical and Center — $30,898 for the Woodside Campus
• New Kent County — $41,350 for New Kent Elementary and New Kent High
• Norfolk — $98,517 for Booker T. Washington High, Lake Taylor High, Matthew Fontaine Maury High and Norview High
• Northumberland County — $37,828 for Northumberland High
• Page County — $94,190 for Luray Elementary, Luray Middle, Page County Middle, Page County Technical Center, Shenandoah Elementary and Springfield Elementary
• Patrick County — $86,518 for Blue Ridge Elementary, Hardin Reynolds Elementary, Meadows of Dan Elementary, Patrick County High, Patrick Springs Elementary, Stuart Elementary and Woolwine Elementary
• Pittsylvania County — $100,000 for Chatham Middle, Dan River Middle, Gretna Middle and Tunstall Middle
• Poquoson — $49,815 for Poquoson Elementary, Poquoson Middle and Poquoson Primary
• Portsmouth — $93,303 for I.C. Norcom High
• Powhatan County — $15,128 for Flat Rock Elementary, Pocahontas Elementary and Powhatan Elementary
• Prince Edward County — $58,189 for Prince Edward County High, Prince Edward County Vocational Technical, Prince Edward Elementary and Prince Edward Middle
• Prince George County — $56,512 for David A. Harrison Elementary, J.E.J. Moore Middle, N.B. Clements Junior High, Prince George High and South Elementary
• Prince William County — $68,000 for Brentsville District High, Freedom High, George M. Hampton Middle and Osbourn Park High
• Pulaski County — $80,000 for Dublin Elementary
• Radford — $4,335 for John N. Dalton Intermediate and Radford High
• Rappahannock County — $28,816 for Rappahannock County High
• Richmond — $96,924 for Albert Hill Middle, Binford Middle, Broad Rock Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Franklin Military Academy, Henderson Middle, J.L. Francis Elementary, John B. Cary Elementary, Lucille M. Brown Middle, Martin Luther King Jr. Middle, Oak Grove/Bellemeade Elementary, Richmond Community High, Thomas C. Boushall Middle and Westover Hills Elementary
• Richmond County — $29,497 for Rappahannock High and Richmond County Elementary
• Roanoke — $95,830 for Crystal Spring Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Fishburn Park Elementary, Garden City Elementary, Grandin Court Elementary, Highland Park Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary, Lincoln Terrace Elementary, Monterey Elementary, Morningside Elementary, Preston Park Elementary, Roanoke Academy For Mathematics and Science Elementary, Virginia Heights Elementary, Wasena Elementary, Westside Elementary and William Fleming High
• Roanoke County — $52,000 for Burlington Elementary
• Rockingham County — $58,641 for Broadway High, Cub Run Elementary, East Rockingham High, Elkton Elementary, Elkton Middle, Fulks Run Elementary, J. Frank Hillyard Middle, John C. Myers Elementary, John W. Wayland Elementary, Lacey Spring Elementary, Linville-Edom Elementary, McGaheysville Elementary, Montevideo Middle, Mountain View Elementary, Ottobine Elementary, Peak View Elementary, Plains Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, River Bend Elementary, South River Elementary, Spotswood High, Turner Ashby High and Wilbur S. Pence Middle
• Russell County — $10,964 for Belfast Elk Garden Elementary, Lebanon High and Lebanon Middle
• Salem — $93,600 for East Salem Elementary, G.W. Carver Elementary and West Salem Elementary
• Shenandoah County — $99,999 for North Fork Middle, Peter Muhlenberg Middle and Signal Knob Middle
• Smyth County — $28,000 for Chilhowie Middle, Northwood Middle and Smyth County Career and Technical Center
• Southampton County — $99,924 for Capron Elementary, Meherrin Elementary, Nottoway Elementary, Riverdale Elementary, Southampton High and Southampton Middle
• Spotsylvania County — $81,979 for Battlefield Middle, Chancellor High, Chancellor Middle, Courtland High, Freedom Middle, Massaponax High, Ni River Middle, Post Oak Middle, Riverbend High, Spotsylvania Career and Technical Center, Spotsylvania High, Spotsylvania Middle and Thornburg Middle
• Stafford County — $89,911 for Brooke Point High, Colonial Forge High, Mountain View High and North Stafford High
• Staunton — $100,000 for Arthur R. Ware Elementary, Bessie Weller Elementary, Robert E. Lee High, Shelburne Middle, Staunton Preschool Programs and Thomas C. McSwain Elementary
• Suffolk — $55,776 for Creekside Elementary, Driver Elementary, Forest Glen Middle and Hillpoint Elementary
• Surry County — $100,000 for Luther P. Jackson Middle, Surry County High and Surry Elementary
• Sussex County — $44,473 for Sussex Central Elementary, Sussex Central High and Sussex Central Middle
• Tazewell County — $76,561 for Cedar Bluff Elementary, Graham Intermediate, North Tazewell Elementary, Richlands Elementary and Tazewell Elementary
• Valley Career and Technical Center — $22,121
• Virginia Beach — $97,382 for Corporate Landing Middle, Kempsville Middle, King's Grant Elementary, Landstown Middle, Luxford Elementary, Ocean Lakes High, Rosemont Elementary, Salem Middle and Williams Elementary
• Warren County — $61,269 for A.S. Rhodes Elementary, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary, Hilda J. Barbour Elementary, Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary, Ressie Jeffries Elementary and Warren County Middle
• Washington County — $30,528 for Abingdon High, E.B. Stanley Middle, Glade Spring Middle, Holston High, John S. Battle High, Patrick Henry High and Wallace Middle
• Waynesboro — $50,000 for William Perry Elementary
• West Point — $44,00 for West Point Elementary, West Point High and West Point Middle
• Williamsburg-James City County — $54,432 for Clara Byrd Baker Elementary and D.J. Montague Elementary
• Winchester — $25,331 for John Handley High
• Wise County — $70,036 for Coeburn Middle, Coeburn Primary, Eastside High, J.W. Adams Combined, L.F. Addington Middle and Powell Valley Middle
• York County — $8,880 for Grafton Bethel Elementary