State school grants will benefit local districts

Some $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants aimed at protecting students and teachers in 104 school divisions and three regional educational programs across the state, have been awarded. 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.
 
Locally, some schools will benefit from the money, including Colonial Beach Elementary and Colonial Beach High Schools, which will share $79,998. Abingdon Elementary, Gloucester High, and Petsworth Elementary will be getting $30,297. In Lancaster County, $16,800 is headed to Lancaster High, Lancaster Middle and Lancaster Primary; and in Mathews County, $7,440 has been earmarked for Lee-Jackson Elementary, Mathews High and Thomas Hunter Middle School. In

Middlesex County, $23,689 was awarded to Middlesex Elementary; in Northumberland County, $7,400 is headed to Northumberland Middle School, and in Richmond County, $34,880 is tagged for Rappahannock High and Richmond County Elementary. West Point Elementary, West Point High, and West Point Middle Schools will also share $31,849. A local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions.

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