Stafford County was awarded a $100,000 school safety grant Thursday by the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services. The grant is from the School Security Infrastructure Improvement Fund which was created by the General Assembly during the 2013 session.
“After the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the General Assembly made a concerted effort to look closely at school safety in Virginia,” said House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford). “One area we felt needed significant improvement was school security infrastructure. We created the School Security Infrastructure Improvement Fund in order to give localities the resources they need to make sure our children, teachers and staff members are kept safe.”
House Bill 2343 was originally proposed and written by House Republicans during the 2013 General Assembly session. The General Assembly authorized $31 million, including $6 million specifically for this program, for school safety and security in the 2013 state budget. That also included $1.7 million to hire additional school resource officers across the Commonwealth. The General Assembly authorized an additional $6 million for school security infrastructure improvements in the 2014 budget.
“The classroom is a place for learning, not violence. I am very proud of this program and the direct impact it will have on Stafford County Schools.”
The grants were awarded for Brooke Point High, Colonial Forge High, Mountain View High and Stafford Senior High.