Virginia Governor Awards $6 Million in Grants for School Security

The grants will pay for security improvements and equipment like video monitoring systems, electronic access controls, classroom locks and more.

Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment grants on Thursday to 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs in the state. The grants will pay for equipment like video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor identification systems and direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies. The grants will also cover the cost of other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings.

Priority was given to schools with the greatest need for updated technology as well as those with a high number of offenses.

“Investing in security improvement that will protect our children while they are in school is critical towards building a new Virginia economy where students can learn and succeed,” Governor McAuliffe said in a prepared statement. “These grants will result in safer environments for teaching and learning for thousands of students and educators.”

The School Security Equipment Grant program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the December 14, 2012, mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut. The 2013 legislature directed the Virginia Public School Authority to issue bonds to fund $6 million in competitive grants statewide in both the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years for the purchase and installation of school security equipment. The 2014 General Assembly subsequently authorized an additional $6 million grant competition in 2015-2016.

The largest grant a school division may receive under the program is $100,000 and a local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions.

Grant Recipients:

Accomack County – $100,000 for security improvements at Kegotank Elementary, Nandua Middle and Pungoteague Elementary
Alexandria – $41,668 for Charles Barrett Elementary, Cora Kelly Magnet Elementary, Jefferson-Houston Elementary, John Adams Elementary and William Ramsay Elementary
Alleghany County – $45,444 for Alleghany High and Clifton Middle
Amelia County – $100,000 for Amelia Elementary, Amelia High and Amelia Middle
Amherst County – $93,446 for Amelon Elementary, Amherst County High, Amherst Middle, Madison Heights and Monelison Middle
Appomattox County – $33,360 for Appomattox County High and Appomattox County Middle
Arlington County – $22,240 for Gunston Middle
Augusta County – $56,722 for Buffalo Gap High, Riverheads High and Stuarts Draft Middle
Bath County – $27,708 for Bath County High and Valley Elementary
Bedford County – $88,785 for Boonsboro Elementary, Huddleston Elementary, Moneta Elementary, Montvale Elementary, New London Academy and Otter River Elementary
Botetourt County – $27,471 for Central Academy Middle and James River High
Bridging Communities Regional CTE Center – $19,314
Brunswick County – $71,280 for Brunswick High, James S. Russell Middle, Meherrin Powellton Elementary and Totaro Elementary
Buchanan County – $12,450 for Council High
Buena Vista – $3,000 for Parry McCluer High
Campbell County – $40,922 for Altavista Elementary, Altavista High, Brookville High, Brookville Middle, Concord Elementary, Rustburg Elementary, Rustburg Middle and Rustburg High
Caroline County – $81,260 for Bowling Green Elementary and Caroline Middle
Carroll County – $99,623 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
Charlottesville – $25,760 for Charlottesville Alternative
Chesapeake – $99,576 for Crestwood Middle, Deep Creek High, Deep Creek Middle and Western Branch Middle
Chesterfield County – $86,300 for Bailey Bridge Middle, Carver Middle School, Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, Chesterfield Community High, Chesterfield Tech Center, Elizabeth B. Davis Middle, Falling Creek Middle, James River High, Lloyd C. Bird High, Manchester High, Manchester Middle, Matoaca High, Meadowbrook High, Midlothian Middle, Monacan High, Providence Middle, Robious Middle, Salem Church Middle, Swift Creek Middle, Thomas Dale High and Tomahawk Creek Middle
Clarke County – $67,223 for Boyce Elementary, D. G. Cooley Elementary and Johnson Williams Middle
Colonial Heights – $73,375 for Colonial Heights High, Lakeview Elementary, North Elementary and Tussing Elementary
Craig County – $28,480 for Craig County High
Culpeper County – $100,000 for Culpeper Middle and Floyd T. Binns Middle
Cumberland County – $57,514 for Cumberland Elementary, Cumberland High and Cumberland Middle
Danville – $99,990 for George Washington High
Dickenson County – $64,353 for Ervinton Elementary and Sandlick Elementary
Dinwiddie County – $99,292 for Dinwiddie County High, Dinwiddie County Middle, Dinwiddie Elementary, Midway Elementary, Southside Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary and Sutherland Elementary
Enterprise Academy/Newport News – $1,467
Fauquier County – $5,888 for Cedar Lee Middle, Margaret M. Pierce Elementary and Marshall Middle
Floyd County – $94,414 for Floyd County High
Fluvanna County – $20,646 for Central Elementary
Franklin – $57,577 for Franklin High, J.P. King Jr. Middle and S.P. Morton Elementary
Franklin County – $65,338 for Benjamin Franklin Middle-West and Dudley Elementary
Frederick County – $4,562 for Frederick County Middle, James Wood Middle, Middle School Alternative Program and Robert E. Aylor Middle
Giles County – $79,222 for Eastern Combined Elementary, Giles High, Macy McClaugherty School, Narrows Elementary and Narrows High
Gloucester County – $98,714 for Abingdon Elementary, Botetourt Elementary, Gloucester High and Petsworth Elementary
Grayson County – $41,755 for Baywood Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Fries School, Grayson County High/Career and Technical Center, Grayson Highlands School, Independence Elementary and Independence Middle
Greene County – $36,915 for William Monroe High and William Monroe Middle
Greensville County – $67,920 for Belfield Elementary, E.W. Wyatt Middle, Greensville County High and Greensville Elementary
Halifax County – $16,390 for Governor’s Career and Technical Academy and Halifax County Middle
Hampton – $64,891 for Benjamin Syms Middle, Bethel High, C. Alton Lindsay Middle, Hampton High, Jefferson Davis Middle and Phoebus High
Hanover County – $53,218 for Beaverdam Elementary, Henry Clay Elementary, Liberty Middle and Patrick Henry High
Harrisonburg – $37,682 for Waterman Elementary, Keister Elementary, Skyline Middle/Smithland Elementary, Spotswood Elementary and Thomas Harrison Middle
Henrico County – $72,880 for Glen Lea Elementary, Highland Springs Elementary and Varina Elementary
Henry County – $53,900 for Bassett High, Drewry Mason Elementary, Fieldale-Collinsville Middle, Laurel Park Middle and Magna Vista High
Hopewell – $100,000 for Carter G. Woodson Middle, Dupont Elementary and Harry E. James Elementary
Isle of Wight County – $33,989 for Windsor Elementary
Jackson River Technical Center – $63,920
King William County – $26,593 for Acquinton Elementary and Hamilton Holmes Middle
Lancaster County – $80,000 for Lancaster High, Lancaster Middle and Lancaster Primary
Lee County – $41,564 for Elydale Elementary, Jonesville Middle, Lee High and Pennington Middle
Loudoun County – $33,989 for J. Lupton Simpson Middle, Seneca Ridge Middle and Sterling Middle
Lunenburg C
ounty – $26,400 for Central High and Victoria Elementary
Lynchburg – $99,911 for Linkhorne Middle and Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle
Manassas – $94,763 for George Carr Round Elementary, Grace E. Metz Middle, Mayfield Intermediate and Osbourn High
Martinsville – $57,661 for Albert Harris Elementary, Clearview Early Learning Center, Martinsville High and Martinsville Middle
Mathews County – $1,232 for Mathews High and Thomas Hunter Middle
Middlesex County – $94,414 for Middlesex High
Middle Peninsula Regional Alternative – $4,428
Montgomery County – $100,000 for Blacksburg Middle, Christiansburg High, Christiansburg Middle and Eastern Montgomery High
New Horizons Regional Technical Center – $94,414 for Woodside Lane Campus
New Kent County – $62,494 for George Watkins Elementary, New Kent Elementary, New Kent High and New Kent Middle
Newport News – $17,523 for Point Option Alternative, Booker T. Washington Middle, Crittenden Middle, Denbigh High, Ethel M. Gildersleeve Middle, Heritage High, Homer L. Hines Middle, Huntington Middle, J.M. Dozier Middle, Mary Passage Middle, Menchville High and Woodside High
Norfolk – $90,300 for Bay View Elementary, Chesterfield Academy Elementary, Granby Elementary, Ingleside Elementary, Jacox Elementary, Larrymore Elementary, Lindenwood Elementary, Little Creek Elementary, Mary Calcott Elementary, Norview Elementary, Oceanair Elementary, P.B. Young Sr. Elementary, Poplar Halls Elementary, Sewells Point Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, Suburban Park Elementary, Tarrallton Elementary and Tidewater Park Elementary
Norton – $78,568 for John I. Burton High
Page County – $100,000 for Luray High, Luray Middle, Page County High and Page County Middle
Patrick County – $20,470 for Blue Ridge Elementary, Meadows of Dan Elementary, Patrick County High and Patrick Springs Elementary
Petersburg – $79,957 for Peabody Middle, Petersburg High and Vernon Johns Jr. High
Pittsylvania County – $86,948 for Chatham High, Dan River High, Dan River Middle, Gretna High, Gretna Middle, Kentuck Elementary, Stony Mill Elementary and Tunstall High
Pittsylvania Regional Alternative Center – $1,120
Poquoson – $43,593 for Poquoson Elementary, Poquoson High, Poquoson Middle and Poquoson Primary
Portsmouth – $28,156 for Churchland Academy, Churchland High, Churchland Middle, Cradock Middle, I.C. Norcom High, Victory Elementary, William E. Waters Middle and Woodrow Wilson High
Powhatan County – $24,768 for Powhatan Elementary
Prince Edward County – $79,029 for Career and Technical School, Prince Edward County Elementary, Prince Edward County High and Prince Edward County Middle
Prince George County – $79,680 for N.B. Clements Jr. High and Prince George High
Prince William County – $24,057 for Belmont Elementary and Woodbridge High
Pulaski County – $58,436 for Dublin Middle, Pulaski Elementary and Pulaski Middle
Radford – $35,200 for McHarg Elementary and Radford High
Rappahannock County – $13,488 for Rappahannock County Elementary and Rappahannock County High
Richmond – $71,474 for Bellevue Elementary, Chimborazo Elementary, Elizabeth D. Redd Elementary, G.H. Reid Elementary, George Mason Elementary, George Washington Carver Elementary, Ginter Park Elementary, J.E.B. Stuart Elementary, James H. Blackwell Elementary, Mary Munford Elementary and Southampton Elementary
Richmond County – $63,108 for Rappahannock High
Roanoke – $67,072 for Fairview Elementary, James Madison Middle and Lincoln Terrace Elementary
Roanoke County – $94,414 for Northside High and Northside Middle
Rockbridge County – $62,939 for Central Elementary, Mountain View Elementary and Natural Bridge Elementary
Rockingham County – $38,948 for Montevideo Middle, Spotswood High, Turner Ashby High and Wilbur S. Pence Middle
Russell County – $79,970 for Honaker High, Lebanon Elementary, Lebanon High and Lebanon Middle
Scott County – $31,331 for Dungannon Intermediate, Gate City Middle, Rye Cove High and Twin Springs High
Shenandoah County – $54,589 for Ashby-Lee Elementary, Central High, Sandy Hook Elementary, Triplett Business and Technical and W. W. Robinson Elementary
Smyth County – $26,370 for Marion Senior High
Southampton County – $38,863 for Fresh Start Center, Meherrin Elementary and Nottoway Elementary
Spotsylvania County – $12,322 for Battlefield Middle, Post Oak Middle and Spotswood Elementary
Stafford County – $100,000 for Brooke Point High, Colonial Forge High, Mountain View High and Stafford Senior High
Staunton – $99,288 for Robert E. Lee High and Staunton City Preschool Programs
Suffolk – $72,090 for John Yeates Middle
Sussex County – $31,370 for Sussex Central High and Sussex Central Middle
Tazewell County – $99,365 for Tazewell County Career and Technical Center and Tazewell High
Virginia Beach – $62,483 for Holland Elementary, Independence Middle, Lynnhaven Middle, Parkway Elementary and White Oaks Elementary
Waynesboro – $47,207 for Westwood Hills Elementary
Westmoreland County – $8,800 for Montrose Middle and Washington and Lee High
West Point – $49,600 West Point Elementary and West Point Middle
Williamsburg-James City County – $6,542 for Berkeley Middle
Winchester – $83,805 for Daniel Morgan Middle, Douglas Community Learning Center and John Handley High
Wise County – $85,166 for Coeburn Middle, Coeburn Primary, J.W. Adams Combined, Powell Valley Primary and Wise Primary
York County – $95,884 for Bethel Manor Elementary, Dare Elementary, Grafton Bethel Elementary, Seaford Elementary and Yorktown Elementary

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