Lancaster schools get money for security equipment upgrades

Recently,the Com­mon­wealth of Vir­ginia awarded almost $235,000 in School Secu­rity Equip­ment Grants to ele­men­tary, mid­dle and high schools in Car­o­line, Lan­caster, Rich­mond and West­more­land counties.

“We are grate­ful for any assis­tance we can get to improve the safety and secu­rity of our schools,” said Lan­caster super­in­ten­dent Steve Parker. “Stu­dents need safe places to learn and this is a great com­mit­ment to that safety.”

The grants came after rec­om­men­da­tions by Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Task Force on School and Cam­pus Safety in 2013 that cre­ated the “School Secu­rity Infra­struc­ture Improve­ment Fund” and “Local School Safety Fund.”

The 2013 bud­get amend­ments gave $6 mil­lion to the fund, with an addi­tional $6 mil­lion autho­rized for 2014. The Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion and the Depart­ment of Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Ser­vices gave pri­or­ity to schools most in need of mod­ern secu­rity equipment.