For Immediate Release: September 16, 2015
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, (804) 225-4260, Brian.Coy@governor.virginia.gov | Virginia Department of Education: Charles Pyle, Charles.Pyle@doe.virginia.gov

Governor McAuliffe Announces $6 Million in School Security Equipment Grants

~Funds will help provide much-needed security upgrades to 519 schools and other educational facilities~

 

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that the Commonwealth has awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to help ensure the safety of Virginia’s schools.  

The grants will apply to 519 schools and other educational facilities in 100 school divisions. The $6 million will go toward paying for video monitoring systems, metal detectors, classroom locks, electronic-access controls, visitor-identification systems and other security upgrades. 

“These grants represent a crucial investment in safeguarding Virginia’s young people and the educators, administrators and support staff dedicated to preparing them for the future,” Governor McAuliffe said. “A new Virginia economy requires new and innovative solutions, and these school security equipment grants fit the bill.” 

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. 

“Schools should be bastions of academic excellence where students feel secure and protected,” Secretary of Education Anne Holton said. “As we work together to prepare all of our children to succeed, we must also work together to make sure that all of our students are safe.” 

The awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the Department of Criminal Justice Services — give priority to schools that are most in need of modern security equipment but are least able to afford these much-needed upgrades. 

“Virginia students, teachers, administrators, support staff — and the parents and others who visit our schools throughout the school year — are safer today because of this program,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said. “This program enhances school safety and gives our schools and first responders the tools they need to keep out intruders and respond quickly and effectively if a security threat does arise.”     

This third round of awards brings the total number of schools and other educational facilities receiving state funding through the program to 1,348. 

The divisions — and one regional program — awarded the 2015 School Security Equipment Grants include:

  • Accomack County — $100,000 for security improvements at Arcadia High
  • Albemarle County — $48,025 for Benjamin F. Yancey Elementary, Jack Jouett Middle, Joseph T. Henley Middle and Murray High
  • Alleghany County — $13,084 for Alleghany High, Mountain View Elementary and Sharon Elementary
  • Amelia County — $100,000 for Amelia County Elementary, Amelia County Middle and Amelia County High
  • Amherst County — $74,412 for Amherst County High, Amherst Elementary, Amherst Middle, Central Elementary, Elon Elementary, Madison Heights Elementary and Monelison Middle
  • Appomattox County — $59,118 for Appomattox County High, Appomattox Elementary, Appomattox Middle and Appomattox Primary
  • Arlington County — $38,992 for Swanson Middle and Williamsburg Middle
  • Augusta County — $60,116 for Craigsville Elementary, Fort Defiance High, North River Elementary and S. Gordon Stewart Middle
  • Bath County — $11,318 for Bath County High and Valley Elementary
  • Bedford County – $56,000 for Staunton River Middle
  • Botetourt County — $59,745 for Botetourt Technical Center, Breckinridge Elementary, Buchanan Elementary, Cloverdale Elementary, Colonial Elementary, Eagle Rock Elementary, Lord Botetourt High, Read Mountain Middle and Troutville Elementary
  • Brunswick County — $70,960 for Brunswick High, James S. Russell Middle, Meherrin Powellton Elementary, Red Oak-Sturgeon Elementary and Totaro Elementary
  • Buchanan County — $33,370 for Council High, Grundy High and Hurley High
  • Buckingham County — $82,092 for Buckingham County Middle
  • Buena Vista — $4,500 for Parry McCluer High
  • Caroline County — $100,000 for Bowling Green Elementary, Caroline High and Caroline Middle
  • Carroll County — $91,697 for Carroll County Education Center, Carroll County High, Carroll County Middle, Gladesboro Elementary, Gladeville Elementary, Hillsville Elementary, Laurel Elementary, Oakland Elementary and St. Paul School
  • Charlottesville — $25,496 for Greenbrier Elementary and Walker Upper Elementary
  • Chesapeake — $39,598 for Crestwood Middle, Deep Creek Middle, Great Bridge High, Great Bridge Middle, Greenbrier Intermediate, Greenbrier Middle, Hickory Middle, Hugo A. Owens Middle, Indian River Middle, Jolliff Middle, Norfolk Highlands Primary, Rena B. Wright Primary, Sparrow Road Intermediate, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Truitt Intermediate, Western Branch Intermediate, Western Branch Middle and Western Branch Primary
  • Colonial Heights — $25,377 for Colonial Heights Middle, Colonial Heights Technical Center and Lakeview Elementary
  • Covington — $38,516 for Covington High
  • Craig County — $47,200 for Craig County High and McCleary Elementary
  • Culpeper County — $98,720 for Culpeper County High and Emerald Hill Elementary
  • Cumberland County — $18,976 for Cumberland Middle
  • Danville — $95,082 for Adult and Career Education Center, Edwin A. Gibson Elementary, Forest Hills Elementary, G.L.H. Johnson Elementary, Galileo Magnet High, Grove Park Preschool, JM Langston Focus, O. Trent Bonner Middle, Park Avenue Elementary, Schoolfield Elementary and Woodberry Hills Elementary
  • Dickenson County — $79,482 for Clintwood Elementary, Ervinton Elementary and Sandlick Elementary
  • Dinwiddie County — $100,000 for Dinwiddie County High, Dinwiddie County Middle, Dinwiddie Elementary, Midway Elementary, Southside Elementary, Sunnyside Elementary and Sutherland Elementary
  • Essex County — $57,403 for Essex Intermediate and Tappahannock Elementary
  • Fluvanna County — $28,072 for Carysbrook Elementary
  • Franklin — $73,415 for Franklin High, Joseph P. King Jr. Middle and S.P. Morton Elementary
  • Frederick County — $6,520 for Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, James Wood High, Sherando High and Stonewall Elementary
  • Giles County — $80,360 for Eastern Elementary/Middle, Giles County Technical Center, Giles High, Macy McClaugherty Elementary/Middle, Narrows Elementary/Middle and Narrows High
  • Gloucester County — $82,922 for Achilles Elementary, Botetourt Elementary and  Gloucester High
  • Goochland County — $24,000 for Byrd Elementary, Early Childhood Development Center Feeding Site, Goochland Elementary and Randolph Elementary
  • Grayson County — $47,376 for Fries School, Grayson County High Career and Technical Center, Grayson County High, Independence Elementary and Independence Middle
  • Greene County — $44,917 for Greene County Technical Education Center, Nathanael Greene Elementary and William Monroe High
  • Greensville County — $68,544 for Belfield Elementary, Edward W. Wyatt Middle, Greensville County High and Greensville Elementary
  • Halifax County — $28,745 for Clays Mill Elementary, Meadville Elementary, Scottsburg Elementary and Sinai Elementary
  • Hampton — $100,000 for A.W.E. Bassette Elementary, Aberdeen Elementary, Alfred S. Forrest Elementary, Benjamin Syms Middle, Booker Elementary, C. Alton Lindsay Middle, Captain John Smith Elementary, Hampton High, Jane H. Bryan Elementary, Jefferson Davis Middle, John B. Cary Elementary, John Tyler Elementary, Luther W. Machen Elementary, Paul Burbank Elementary and Phoebus High
  • Hanover County — $8,400 for Lee Davis High and Liberty Middle
  • Harrisonburg — $6,352 for Stone Spring Elementary
  • Henrico County — $78,373 for Cashell Donahoe Elementary and Maude Trevvett Elementary
  • Henry County — $64,800 for Bassett High, Campbell County Elementary, Collinsville Primary, Drewry Mason Elementary, Fieldale-Collinsville Middle, G.W. Carver Elementary, Laurel Park Middle, Magna Vista High, Mount Olivet Elementary, Rich Acres Elementary, Sanville Elementary and Stanleytown Elementary
  • Highland County — $846 for Highland High
  • Hopewell — $66,236 for Dupont Elementary, Harry E. James Elementary, Hopewell High, Patrick Copeland Elementary and Woodlawn Learning Center
  • Isle of Wight County — $50,843 for Hardy Elementary and Westside Elementary
  • King George County — $93,600 for King George Elementary and Sealston Elementary
  • King William County — $32,000 for Acquinton Elementary, Hamilton Holmes Middle and King William High
  • Lancaster County — $100,000 for Lancaster High, Lancaster Middle and Lancaster Primary
  • Lee County — $100,000 for Elydale Elementary, Flatwoods Elementary, Jonesville Middle, Lee County Career and Technical Center, Lee High, Pennington Middle, Rose Hill Elementary, St. Charles Elementary and Thomas Walker High
  • Lexington — $9,355 for Lylburn Downing Middle
  • Loudoun County — $32,476 for Aldie Elementary, Banneker Elementary, Emerick Elementary, Hamilton Elementary, Lovettsville Elementary, Meadowland Elementary and Waterford Elementary
  • Lunenburg County — $7,444 for Central High, Kenbridge Elementary, Lunenburg Middle and Victoria Elementary
  • Lynchburg — $94,183 for Bedford Hills Elementary, Carl B. Hutcherson Building, Dearington Elementary/Innovation, E.C. Glass High, Fort Hill Community, Heritage Elementary, Linkhorne Elementary, Paul Munro Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, Robert S. Payne Elementary, Sandusky Elementary, Sheffield Elementary, T.C. Miller Elementary for Innovation and William M. Bass Elementary
  • Madison County — $100,000 for Madison Primary, Waverly Yowell Elementary and William H. Wetsel Middle
  • Manassas — $100,000 for Grace E. Metz Middle, Osbourn High, Richard C. Haydon Elementary and Weems Elementary
  • Manassas Park — $56,000 for Cougar Elementary, Manassas Park Elementary, Manassas Park High and Manassas Park Middle
  • Mathews County — $5,462 for Lee-Jackson Elementary, Mathews High and Thomas Hunter Middle
  • Middle Peninsula Regional Alternative School Program — $4,800 for Middle Peninsula Regional Alternative School Program in King William County
  • Montgomery County — $100,000 for Belview Elementary, Gilbert Linkous Elementary and Shawsville Middle
  • Nelson County — $100,000 for Nelson County High
  • New Kent County — $14,622 for New Kent Elementary and New Kent Middle
  • Newport News — $79,286 for George J. McIntosh Elementary, Heritage High, Hidenwood Elementary, Hilton Elementary, Horace H. Epes Elementary, Huntington Middle, John Marshall Early Childhood Center, Joseph H. Saunders Elementary, L.F. Palmer Elementary, Lee Hall Early Childhood Center, Lee Hall Elementary, Mary Passage Middle, Menchville High, Newsome Park Elementary, Oliver C. Greenwood Elementary, R.O. Nelson Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Warwick High, Watkins Early Childhood Center, Willis A. Jenkins Elementary and Woodside High
  • Norfolk — $62,979 for Coleman Place Elementary, Fairlawn Elementary, Ghent K-8, Ingleside Elementary, Jacox Elementary, James Monroe Elementary, Lindenwood Elementary, Little Creek Elementary Annex, Little Creek Elementary, Norview Elementary, Norview Middle, P. B. Young Sr. Elementary, Sewells Point Elementary, Sherwood Forest Elementary, St. Helena Elementary, Tanners Creek Elementary, Tarrallton Elementary, Willard Model Elementary and Willoughby Elementary
  • Northampton County — $51,200 for Kiptopeke Elementary, Northampton High and Occohannock Elementary
  • Northumberland County — $1,271 for Northumberland Middle
  • Norton — $76,025 for Norton Elementary
  • Orange County — $100,000 for Lightfoot Elementary, Locust Grove Elementary, Locust Grove Primary, Orange Elementary and Unionville Elementary
  • Page County — $79,590 for Luray Elementary, Luray Middle and Page County Middle
  • Patrick County — $47,936 for Blue Ridge Elementary, Hardin Reynolds Elementary, Patrick County High, Patrick Springs Elementary, Stuart Elementary and Woolwine Elementary
  • Petersburg — $50,588 for A. P. Hill Elementary, J.E.B. Stuart Elementary, Peabody Middle, Petersburg High, Robert E. Lee Elementary, Vernon Johns Junior High and Walnut Hill Elementary
  • Pittsylvania County — $100,000 for Chatham High, Dan River High, Gretna High and Tunstall High
  • Poquoson — $52,881 for Poquoson Elementary, Poquoson High, Poquoson Middle and Poquoson Primary
  • Portsmouth — $96,000 for Churchland High and Woodrow Wilson High
  • Powhatan County — $1,273 for Powhatan High and Powhatan Junior High
  • Prince Edward County — $39,020 for Prince Edward County High, Prince Edward County Vocational Technical Center, Prince Edward Elementary and Prince Edward Middle
  • Prince William County — $83,240 for Brentsville District High, Bull Run Middle, C.D. Hylton High, Forest Park High, Fred M. Lynn Middle, Freedom High, Gainesville Middle, Gar-Field High, Graham Park Middle, Herbert J. Saunders Middle, Lake Ridge Middle, Parkside Middle, Potomac High, Potomac Middle, Rippon Middle, Ronald Wilson Reagan Middle, Stonewall Jackson High, Stonewall Middle, Woodbridge High and Woodbridge Middle
  • Pulaski County — $97,600 for Dublin Middle, Pulaski County Senior High, Pulaski Middle and Riverlawn Elementary
  • Radford — $21,120 for Radford High
  • Rappahannock County — $17,483 for Rappahannock County Elementary and Rappahannock County High
  • Richmond — $79,200 for Amelia Street Special Education, Blackwell Elementary, E.S.H. Greene Elementary, Fairfield Court Elementary, J.H. Blackwell Annex, J.B. Fisher Elementary, Mary Munford Elementary, Mary Scott Elementary, Maymont Pre-K Center, William Fox Elementary and Woodville Elementary
  • Richmond County — $65,140 for Rappahannock High and Richmond County Elementary
  • Roanoke — $87,998 for Addison Aerospace Magnet Middle, Breckinridge Middle, Forest Park Academy, James Madison Middle, Lincoln Terrace Elementary, Noel C. Taylor Academy at Oakland, Patrick Henry High, Stonewall Jackson Middle, William Fleming High and Woodrow Wilson Middle
  • Roanoke County — $61,200 for William Byrd Middle
  • Rockingham County — $100,000 for Broadway High, East Rockingham High, Elkton Elementary, Elkton Middle, Fulks Run Elementary, J. Frank Hillyard Middle, John C. Myers Elementary, John W. Wayland Elementary, Linville-Edom Elementary, McGaheysville Elementary, Montevideo Middle, Ottobine Elementary, Plains Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, Spotswood High, Turner Ashby High and Wilbur S. Pence Middle
  • Russell County — $58,354 for Belfast Elk Garden Elementary, Castlewood Elementary, Castlewood High, Copper Creek Elementary, Givens Elementary, Honaker Elementary, Honaker High, Lebanon Elementary, Lebanon High, Lebanon Middle, Lebanon Primary, Russell County Vocational Center and Swords Creek Elementary
  • Salem — $63,555 for Salem High
  • Scott County — $62,856 for Duffield-Pattonsville Primary, Dungannon Intermediate, Fort Blackmore Primary, Gate City High, Gate City Middle, Hilton Elementary, Nickelsville Elementary, Rye Cove High, Rye Cove Intermediate, Scott County Career and Technical Center, Shoemaker Elementary, Twin Springs High, Weber City Elementary and Yuma Elementary
  • Shenandoah County — $100,000 for Central High, Stonewall Jackson High and Strasburg High
  • Smyth County — $64,485 for Atkins Elementary, Chilhowie High and Northwood High
  • Spotsylvania County — $51,754 for Battlefield Elementary, Lee Hill Elementary, Livingston Elementary, Robert E. Lee Elementary, Salem Elementary and Spotswood Elementary
  • Stafford County — $100,000 for Andrew G. Wright Middle, Anne E. Moncure Elementary, Anthony Burns Elementary, Brooke Point High, Colonial Forge High, Conway Elementary, Donald B. Dixon-Lyle R. Smith Middle, Edward E. Drew Jr. Middle, Falmouth Elementary, Ferry Farm Elementary, Garrisonville Elementary, Grafton Village Elementary, H.H. Poole Middle, Hampton Oaks Elementary, Hartwood Elementary, Kate Waller Barrett Elementary, Margaret Brent Elementary, Mountain View High, North Stafford High, Park Ridge Elementary, Rockhill Elementary, Rocky Run Elementary, Rodney E. Thompson Middle, Shirley C. Heim Middle, Stafford Elementary, Stafford Middle, T. Benton Gayle Middle, Widewater Elementary and Winding Creek Elementary
  • Staunton — $53,302 for Bessie Weller Elementary, Robert E. Lee High and Shelburne Middle
  • Suffolk — $72,000 for Booker T. Washington Elementary, Elephant's Fork Elementary, Kilby Shores Elementary, Mack Benn Jr. Elementary, Nansemond Parkway Elementary and Oakland Elementary
  • Surry County — $34,047 for Luther P. Jackson Middle, Surry County High and Surry Elementary
  • Tazewell County — $99,573 for Graham High, Graham Middle, Richlands High, Richlands Middle and Tazewell Middle
  • Virginia Beach — $97,835 for Bayside Middle, Brandon Middle, Larkspur Middle, Plaza Middle, Princess Anne Middle, Salem High and Tallwood High
  • Warren County — $61,786 for A.S. Rhodes Elementary, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary, Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary and Ressie Jeffries Elementary
  • Washington County — $58,700 for Abingdon High, Career and Technical Education Center, Damascus Middle, E.B. Stanley Middle, Glade Spring Middle, Greendale Elementary, High Point Elementary, Holston High, John S. Battle High, Patrick Henry High, Valley Institute Elementary and Wallace Middle
  • Waynesboro — $63,554 for Berkeley Glenn Elementary and Wenonah Elementary
  • Williamsburg-James City County — $67,200 for James River Elementary, Norge Elementary and Toano Middle

 

School divisions and regional educational programs were invited in June to apply for the 2015 grants. The largest grant a school division may receive under the program is $100,000. A local match of 25 percent is required of most divisions. 

 

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