Lee, Wise and Scott County Schools to Receive Security Update Funding

According to State Delegate Republican Terry Kilgore, several schools in Southwest Virginia will be receiving grants to acquire school security equipment. Kilgore stated that, "Keeping our children safe is a priority of the General Assembly, and these grants will help us ensure that we are able to have the necessary security equipment in many of our school districts."
Scott County Public School will receive $82,529 for both Gate City and Rye Cove High Schools. Lee County is expected to receive $100,000 for security equipment updates for Dryden Elementary, Elydale Middle, Elk Knob Elementary, Flatwoods Elementary, Jonesville Middle, Lee High, Lee County Career and Tech Center, Pennington Middle, Rose Hill Elementary, St. Charles Elementary and Thomas Walker High School.
Wise County Public Schools will also receive $100,000 for Coeburn Middle, Coeburn Primary, J.W. Adams Combined, St. Paul Elementary, LF Addington Middle, Union Middle, Union Primary, Wise Primary and Wise County Career and Tech Center.
These grant moneys can be used for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic access controls, visitor identification systems, direct communication with law enforcement agencies and other security related upgrades as developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Criminal Justice Services to give priority to those schools most in need of modern equipment, high numbers of offenses, least able to afford security upgrades and those identified by a school security audit.

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