Approval of 2014-2015 School Security Equipment Grant Program Grant Award and Request to Board of Supervisors for Appropriation of Funds

On November 10, 2014, the School Board approved the 2014-2015 School Security Equipment Grant Program Grant Award and Request to Board of Supervisors for Appropriation of Funds.

The Governor awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to protect students and teachers in 100 school divisions and six regional educational programs. The grants will pay for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems, direct communications links between schools and law enforcement agencies, and other security upgrades in 373 schools and other buildings. The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services — gave priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, and schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit. Caroline County has been awarded $81,260 for Bowling Green Elementary and Caroline Middle School to install electronic access control systems. A local match of 25 percent of the state grant award is required. The local match should also be spent by the 3/25/2015 deadline.