Richmond VA Oct 28 2016 The Virginia Department of Education awarded more than $6 million to improve security at schools.
Every division in Hampton Roads benefited from the School Security Equipment Grant.
Virginia Beach will get $97,000 for upgrades at King’s Grant, Luxford, Rosemont, and Williams elementary schools, and Corporate Landing, Kempsville, Landstown and Salem middle schools, and Ocean Lakes High School.
At the elementary and middle schools, the funds will be used for an electronic access control system with electronic locks and proximity card readers on some doors. Ocean Lakes will have equipment installed to improve radio communication, according to a news release.
Chesapeake will get $99,999 to make improvements to Chesapeake Alternative, Great Bridge Middle, Indian River Middle, Jolliff Middle and Oscar F. Smith High School.
Norfolk will get $98,517 to make improvements to Booker T. Washington, Lake Taylor, Matthew Fontaine, Maury and Norview high schools.
Suffolk will get $55,776 for Creekside, Driver and Hillpoint elementary schools, and Forest Glen Middle.
Portsmouth got $93,303 for I.C. Norcom High School.
Throughout the state, 96 school divisions were awarded grants to make improvements at 434 schools, according to the Department of Education.
This was the fourth round of grants awarded since the program was established by the 2013 General Assembly in the aftermath of the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
Nearly 2,000 schools have upgraded their equipment since the program started.