This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: October 6, 2017
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, | Virginia Department of Education: Charles B. Pyle, Director of Communications, (804) 371-2420; Julie C. Grimes, Communications Manager, (804) 225-2543

Governor McAuliffe Awards $6 Million in New School Security Equipment Grants

~104 school divisions and three regional educational programs to receive funding~


RICHMOND — Governor Terry McAuliffe today awarded $6 million in School Security Equipment Grants to protect students and teachers in 104 school divisions and three 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 545 schools and other instructional facilities.

"School safety is imperative to providing an environment where students can learn, grow and thrive,” said Governor McAuliffe. “These grants will provide our school administrators with the resources they need to keep their students and teachers safe so they can concentrate on providing a world class education and preparing for success in the new Virginia economy.”

The School Security Equipment Grants 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.

The criteria for making the awards — developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services — gives priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades.

This fifth round of awards brings the total number of school security projects receiving state funding through the program to 2,327.

“These grants will allow for safety enhancements and systems that will help schools meet the basic expectation that public schools are safe environments where all students can focus on learning,” Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples said.

The divisions and regional educational programs awarded the security upgrade are as follows:

  • Accomack County — $12,352 for Metompkin Elementary
  • Albemarle County — $47,459 forAlbemarle High, Brownsville Elementary, Jackson P. Burley Middle, Leslie H. Walton Middle, Monticello High, Mortimer Y. Sutherland Middle, Stony Point Elementary, and Western Albemarle High
  • Alleghany County — $23,159 forAlleghany High, Callaghan Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, and Sharon Elementary
  • Amherst County — $22,289 forAmherst County High, Madison Heights Elementary and Monelison Middle
  • Appomattox County — $81,900 forAppomattox County High, Appomattox Elementary, Appomattox Middle and Appomattox Primary
  • Arlington County — $44,480 forJefferson Middle and Langston High Continuation Program
  • Augusta County — $91,720 forBeverley Manor Middle, Churchville Elementary, Fort Defiance High, Guy K. Stump Elementary, S. Gordon Stewart Middle, Stuarts Draft Middle and Wilson Elementary
  • Bath County — $46,083 forBath County High, Millboro Elementary and Valley Elementary
  • Bedford County — $79,664 for Bedford Middle, Bedford Primary, Big Island Elementary, Forest Elementary, Huddleston Elementary, Jefferson Forest High, Liberty High, Moneta Elementary, Montvale Elementary, New London Academy Elementary, Otter River Elementary, Staunton River High, Staunton River Middle, Stewartsville Elementary, and Thomas Jefferson Elementary
  • Botetourt County — $84,830 for Breckinridge Elementary, Buchanan Elementary, Cloverdale Elementary, Colonial Elementary, Eagle Rock Elementary, Greenfield Elementary, and Troutville Elementary
  • Bristol — $100,000 for Virginia High
  • Buchanan County — $28,805 forCouncil High, Hurley Elementary/Middle, Hurley High, Riverview Elementary/Middle and Twin Valley High
  • Buckingham County — $18,640 forBuckingham County High and Buckingham County Middle
  • Buena Vista — $51,194 forParry McCluer High and Parry McCluer Middle
  • Caroline County — $4,180 forBowling Green Elementary Annex
  • Carroll County — $87,520 forCarroll County Education Center, Carroll County High, Carroll County Middle, Fancy Gap Elementary, Gladesboro Elementary, Gladeville Elementary, Hillsville Elementary, Laurel Elementary, Oakland Elementary and St. Paul School
  • Charles City County — $59,780 forCharles City County High
  • Charlotte County — $100,000 forBacon District Elementary, Central Middle, Eureka Elementary, Phenix Elementary and Randolph-Henry High
  • Charlottesville — $99,895 forBurnley-Moran Elementary, Charlottesville High, Clark Elementary and Venable Elementary
  • Chesapeake — $100,000 forB.M. Williams Primary, Butts Road Intermediate, Butts Road Primary, Camelot Elementary, Cedar Road Elementary, Chesapeake Career Center, Crestwood Intermediate, Deep Creek Central Elementary, Deep Creek Elementary, Edwin W. Chittum Elementary, G.A. Treakle Elementary, George W. Carver Intermediate, Georgetown Primary, Grassfield Elementary, Great Bridge Intermediate, Greenbrier Primary, Hickory Elementary, Hickory High, Norfolk Highlands Primary, Portlock Primary, Rena B. Wright Primary, Southeastern Elementary, Southwestern Elementary, Sparrow Road Intermediate, Thurgood Marshall Elementary, Truitt Intermediate, Western Branch Intermediate and Western Branch Primary
  • Chesterfield County — $29,541 forChesterfield Career and Technical Center at Courthouse, Clover Hill High, Cosby High, Lloyd C. Bird High, Manchester High, Matoaca High, Meadowbrook High, Midlothian High, Monacan High and Thomas Dale High
  • Colonial Beach — $79,998 forColonial Beach Elementary and Colonial Beach High
  • Colonial Heights — $65,622 for Colonial Heights High, Colonial Heights Middle, Colonial Heights Technical Center, Lakeview Elementary, and Tussing Elementary
  • Covington — $6,432 forCovington High
  • Culpeper County — $79,540 forA.G. Richardson Elementary, Culpeper County High, Culpeper Middle, Eastern View High, Farmington Elementary, Floyd T. Binns Middle, Pearl Sample Elementary, Sycamore Park Elementary and Yowell Elementary
  • Cumberland County — $37,172 forCumberland Elementary, Cumberland High and Cumberland Middle
  • Danville — $100,000 forEdwin A. Gibson Elementary, G.L.H. Johnson Elementary and Woodberry Hills Elementary
  • Dickenson County — $12,858 forClintwood Elementary, Ervinton Elementary, Ridgeview High School and Ridgeview Middle School
  • Dinwiddie County — $67,608 forDinwiddie County High, Dinwiddie County Middle and Midway Elementary
  • Fairfax County — $71,200 forGlasgow Middle
  • Floyd County — $47,872 forCheck Elementary, Floyd Elementary, Indian Valley Elementary and Willis Elementary
  • Fluvanna County — $80,000 forCarysbrook Elementary and Fluvanna Middle
  • Franklin County — $14,580 forBenjamin Franklin Middle-East, Benjamin Franklin Middle-West, Rocky Mount Elementary and Sontag Elementary
  • Frederick County — $71,998 forAdmiral Richard E. Byrd Middle, Apple Pie Ridge Elementary, Armel Elementary, Indian Hollow Elementary, James Wood High, James Wood Middle, Middletown Elementary, Orchard View Elementary, Redbud Run Elementary, Robert E. Aylor Middle and Stonewall Elementary
  • Giles County — $80,000 forEastern Elementary/Middle, Giles High, Macy Mcclaugherty Elementary/Middle and Narrows Elementary/Middle
  • Gloucester County — $30,297 forAbingdon Elementary, Gloucester High and Petsworth Elementary
  • Goochland County  — $ 69,262 forGoochland High
  • Grayson County — $70,462 forBaywood Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Fries School, Grayson County High Career & Technical Education, Grayson Highlands School, Independence Elementary and Independence Middle
  • Greene County — $52,153 forGreene County Technical Education Center, Nathanael Greene Elementary, Nathanael Greene Primary, Ruckersville Elementary and William Monroe High
  • Greensville County — $57,370 forBelfield Elementary, Edward W. Wyatt Middle, Greensville County High and Greensville Elementary
  • Halifax County — $16,905 forCluster Springs Elementary, Halifax County High, Halifax County Middle, Scottsburg Elementary, South Boston Elementary and South Boston/Halifax Early Learning Center
  • Hampton — $100,000 forA.W.E. Bassette Elementary, Benjamin Syms Middle, Bethel High, C. Alton Lindsay Middle, Christopher C. Kraft Elementary, Francis W. Jones Magnet Middle, Hampton High, Jefferson Davis Middle, John Tyler Elementary, Kecoughtan High, Luther W. Machen Elementary, Phoebus High and Thomas Eaton Middle
  • Hanover County — $84,000 forChickahominy Middle, Lee Davis High, Liberty Middle, Patrick Henry High and Stonewall Jackson Middle
  • Harrisonburg — $2,891 forHarrisonburg High, Skyline Middle, Smithland Elementary, Stone Spring Elementary and Thomas Harrison Middle
  • Henrico County — $9,379 forRuby F. Carver Elementary
  • Henry County — $14,400 forFieldale-Collinsville Middle and Laurel Park Middle
  • Hopewell — $55,980 forCarter G. Woodson Middle, Dupont Elementary, Harry E. James Elementary, Hopewell High, New HOPE Academy, Patrick Copeland Elementary and Woodlawn Pre-School Learning Center
  • Isle of Wight County — $100,000 forCarrollton Elementary and Carrsville Elementary
  • King and Queen County — $64,045 forCentral High and King and Queen Elementary
  • King George County — $94,420 forPotomac Elementary
  • King William County — $80,000 forHamilton Holmes Middle
  • Lancaster County — $16,800 forLancaster High, Lancaster Middle and Lancaster Primary
  • Laurel Regional Special Education Center — $14,421
  • Lee County — $100,000 forDryden Elementary, Elk Knob Elementary, Elydale Elementary, Flatwoods Elementary, Jonesville Middle, Lee County Career and Technical Center, Pennington Middle, Rose Hill Elementary, St. Charles Elementary and Thomas Walker High
  • Louisa County — $40,321 forJouett Elementary, Louisa County Middle, Moss-Nuckols Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary and Trevilians Elementary
  • Lunenburg County — $7,906 forCentral High, Kenbridge Elementary, Lunenburg Middle.and Victoria Elementary
  • Lynchburg — $66,764 forBedford Hills Elementary, E.C. Glass High, Empowerment Academy, Heritage Elementary, Linkhorne Elementary, Linkhorne Middle, Paul Laurence Dunbar Middle for Innovation, Perrymont Elementary, Sandusky Middle, Sheffield Elementary, T.C. Miller Elementary for Innovation and William M. Bass Elementary
  • Madison County — $69,365 forMadison County High, Waverly Yowell Elementary and William H. Wetsel Middle
  • Manassas — $73,389 for Grace E. Metz Middle, Mayfield Intermediate, Osbourn High and Weems Elementary
  • Martinsville — $69,448 forAlbert Harris Elementary, Clearview Early Childhood Center, Martinsville High, Martinsville Middle and Patrick Henry Elementary
  • Mathews County — $7,440forLee-Jackson Elementary, Mathews High and Thomas Hunter Middle
  • Mecklenburg County — $55,365 forChase City Elementary, Clarksville Elementary, LaCrosse Elementary and South Hill Elementary
  • Metro Richmond Alternative Education Program — $4,000
  • Middlesex County — $23,689 forMiddlesex Elementary
  • Montgomery County — $49,169 forAuburn Elementary, Kipps Elementary and Margaret Beeks Elementary
  • Nelson County — $37,126 forRockfish River Elementary and Tye River Elementary
  • New Kent County — $59,710 forGeorge W. Watkins Elementary and New Kent High
  • Newport News — $98,886 forAchievable Dream Academy, Achievable Dream Middle/High, Aviation Academy, B.C. Charles Elementary, B.T. Washington Middle, Carver Elementary, Crittenden Middle, David A. Dutrow Elementary, Deer Park Elementary, Denbigh Early Childhood Center, Denbigh High, Discovery STEM Academy, Ethel M. Gildersleeve Middle, Gatewood Academy, General Stanford Elementary, George J. McIntosh Elementary, Heritage High, Hidenwood Elementary, Hilton Elementary, Homer L. Hines Middle, Horace H. Epes Elementary, Huntington Middle, J.M. Dozier Middle, John Marshall Early Childhood Center, Joseph H. Saunders Elementary, Kiln Creek 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, Point Option Alternative School, R.O. Nelson Elementary, Richard T. Yates Elementary, Richneck Elementary, Riverside Elementary, Sedgefield Elementary, T. Ryland Sanford Elementary, Warwick High, Watkins Early Childhood Center, Willis A. Jenkins Elementary and Woodside High
  • Norfolk — $79,975 forAcademy for Discovery at Lakewood, Azalea Gardens Middle, Blair Middle, Booker T. Washington High, Camp E.W Young, Granby High, Jacox Elementary, James Monroe Elementary, Lake Taylor High, Lake Taylor Middle, Lindenwood Elementary, Little Creek Elementary, Little Creek Elementary Annex, Madison Alternative Center, Matthew Fontaine Maury High, Northside Middle, Norview High, Norview Middle, Oceanair Elementary, Suburban Park Elementary, Walter Herron Taylor Elementary, William H. Ruffner Middle and Willoughby Early Childhood Center
  • Northampton County — $8,160 forKiptopeke Elementary, Northampton High and Occohannock Elementary
  • Northumberland County — $7,400 forNorthumberland Middle
  • Orange County — $100,000 forOrange County High
  • Page County — $81,600 forPage County Middle, Shenandoah Elementary and Springfield Elementary
  • Patrick County — $94,863 forBlue Ridge Elementary, Hardin Reynolds Elementary, Patrick County High, Patrick Springs Elementary, Stuart Elementary and Woolwine Elementary
  • Petersburg — $55,024 forA.P. Hill Elementary, Blandford Alternative Center, J.E.B. Stuart Elementary, Petersburg High, Robert E. Lee Elementary, Walnut Hill Elementary and Westview Early Childhood Education Center
  • Pittsylvania County — $100,000 forBrosville Elementary, Chatham Elementary, Gretna Elementary, John L. Hurt Elementary, Kentuck Elementary, Mount Airy Elementary, Pittsylvania Vocational-Technical Center, Southside Elementary, Stony Mill Elementary, Twin Springs Elementary and Union Hall Elementary
  • Poquoson — $46,779 forPoquoson Elementary, Poquoson High and Poquoson Middle
  • Prince Edward County — $44,495 forPrince Edward County High, Prince Edward Elementary and Prince Edward Middle
  • Prince William County — $61,600 forBel Air Elementary, George M. Hampton Middle, Potomac View Elementary and Stonewall Middle
  • Pulaski County — $69,600 forCritzer Elementary
  • Radford — $51,392 forBelle Heth Elementary, John N. Dalton Intermediate, McHarg Elementary and Radford High
  • Rappahannock County — $38,761 forRappahannock County Elementary and Rappahannock County High
  • Richmond — $74,000 forArmstrong High, George Wythe High, Huguenot High, John Marshall High, Swansboro Elementary andThomas Jefferson High
  • Richmond County — $34,880 forRappahannock High and Richmond County Elementary
  • Roanoke — $100,000 forAddison Aerospace Magnet Middle, Breckinridge Middle, Fishburn Park Elementary, Forest Park Academy, Highland Park Elementary, Hurt Park Elementary, James Madison Middle, Lincoln Terrace Elementary, Noel C. Taylor Academy at Oakland, Patrick Henry High, Roanoke Academy For Mathematics & Science Elementary, Round Hill Elementary, Stonewall Jackson Middle, William Fleming High and Woodrow Wilson Middle
  • Roanoke County — $52,000 forClearbrook Elementary
  • Rockingham County — $63,294 forBroadway High, Cub Run Elementary, East Rockingham High, Elkton Elementary, Elkton Middle, Fulks Run Elementary, J. Frank Hillyard Middle, John C. Myers Elementary, Lacey Spring Elementary, Montevideo Middle, Mountain View Elementary, Pleasant Valley Elementary, South River Elementary and Wilbur S. Pence Middle
  • Russell County — $73,814 forBelfast Elk Garden Elementary, Castlewood Elementary, Castlewood High, Copper Creek Elementary, Honaker Elementary, Honaker High, Lebanon Elementary, Lebanon High, Lebanon Primary, Russell County Vocational and Swords Creek Elementary
  • Rowanty Vocational-Technical Center — $2,280
  • Salem — $26,400 forAndrew Lewis Middle
  • Scott County — $23,755 forGate City High and Gate City Middle
  • Shenandoah County — $23,755 forAshby Lee Elementary, Sandy Hook Elementary and W.W. Robinson Elementary
  • Smyth County — $80,000 forChilhowie Elementary, Chilhowie Middle, Marion Middle, Northwood Middle and Rich Valley Elementary
  • Southampton County — $98,304 forCapron Elementary, Meherrin Elementary, Nottoway Elementary, Southampton High and Southampton Middle
  • Spotsylvania County — $34,121 forBerkeley Elementary, Brock Road Elementary, Cedar Forest Elementary, Chancellor Elementary, Courtland Elementary, Harrison Road Elementary, Lee Hill Elementary, Livingston Elementary, Riverview Elementary and Wilderness Elementary
  • Stafford County — $86,796 forBrooke Point High, Colonial Forge High, Mountain View High and North Stafford High
  • Staunton — $100,000 forArthur R. Ware Elementary, Shelburne Middle, Staunton Pre-School Programs and Thomas C. McSwain Elementary
  • Suffolk — $3,629 forJohn Yeates Middle
  • Surry County — $100,000 forLuther P. Jackson Middle, Surry County High and Surry Elementary
  • Sussex County — $10,659 forSussex Central Elementary and Sussex Central High
  • Tazewell County — $99,624 forAbb's Valley-Boissevain Elementary, Dudley Primary, Raven Elementary and Springville Elementary
  • Virginia Beach — $60,792 forBayside High, Frank W. Cox High and Green Run High
  • Warren County — $42,640 forA.S. Rhodes Elementary, E. Wilson Morrison Elementary, Hilda J. Barbour Elementary, Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary, Ressie Jeffries Elementary, Skyline High and Warren County High
  • Washington County — $59,720 forAbingdon High, Damascus Middle, E.B. Stanley Middle, Glade Spring Middle, High Point Elementary, Holston High, John S. Battle High, Patrick Henry High, Valley Institute Elementary and Wallace Middle
  • West Point — $31,849 forWest Point Elementary, West Point High and West Point Middle
  • Williamsburg-James City County — $90,971 forLaurel Lane Elementary, Matthew Whaley Elementary and Stonehouse Elementary
  • Wise County — $63,334 forL.F. Addington Middle and Wise County Career-Technical Center

School divisions and regional educational programs were invited in June to apply for the 2017 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.