This week $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants was awarded to 102 school divisions across the Commonwealth. Among those divisions that were awarded five divisions within the 99th House District received the grant funding. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communication links between schools and law enforcement agencies and other security upgrades that were needed. Caroline County – $100,000 for Caroline High School, Middle School and Lewis and Clark Elementary. Colonial Beach – $13,600 for the High School Lancaster County – $100,000 for Lancaster High School, Middle School and the Primary School Northumberland County – $64,147 for Northumberland High School and Middle School Richmond County – $44,314 for Rappahannock High School and Richmond County Elementary School
Delegate Ransone stated “The funding that has been awarded was added to the Appropriations Budget in 2013 under Governor Bob McDonnell’s Administration with the School and Safety Taskforce. We continue to increase the funding for school safety and I’m pleased to see our schools benefiting from those funds. “ Ransone has also hosted School Safety meetings between local law enforcement, school officials, and the Department of Criminal Justice Services covering programs Virginia currently has in place to better protect our schools and the resources available to localities for this purpose.