Lee County Schools Benefit From $250,000 Grant

From more than one hundred school divisions around the Commonwealth, some of the lucky ones were our very own Lee County Public Schools. These grant allocations were announced by the Virginia Department of Education for $12 million in total for the State School Security Equipment Grants project, intended to protect faculty, students and visitors during these trying times. Locally Lee County Public Schools were awarded $250,000 to be used for all nine local public schools in our area.
These grant monies will be used to pay for video monitoring equipment, video and voice sytems, interior cameras on local school buses, mass notification and visitor identification systems, and are just a portion of the security upgrades planned for our local schools.
The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice designed the criteria for selection of eligible school based on those most in need of modernizing their security equipment, schools with high numbers of offenses, schools with equipment needs as determined by a school security audit, and those determined to be the least able to afford up to date security upgrades. This year marks the first time that this type of grant funding has been expanded to include funding for school bus security equipment.
According to a statement from Governor Northam, “This year, we have doubled the amount of assistance available to help Virginia school divisions protect our students and the educators, administrators, and staff dedicated to preparing them for success. We remain focused on supporting students and their families in navigating the pandemic and preparing for in person learning to resume, which includes ensuring that our schools have all the necessary technology, equipment and systems to keep everyone safe and to respond to emergencies.”

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