Sep 19, 2013
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Connecticut Politics

School Districts to Receive $5 Million from State for Security Projects

School Districts to Receive $5 Million from State for Security Projects

Peter Hvizdak/New Haven Register.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), third from left, talks through a security-camera intercom system as he visits Ross-Woodward School in New HavenThursday, April 4, 2013 to learn about its safety features and the security needs of the school. With Blumenthal from left are New Haven Police Sgt. Tammi Means, school principal Cheryl Brown and New Haven COO Will Clark.

Several school districts looking to upgrade and install security measures like bullet-proof glass and panic alarms will receive grants from the state totaling $5 million to help defray the cost, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday.

 Each of the 36 municipalities and 169 schools selected to receive the grant will be reimbursed for 20 to 80 percent of the cost of the security measures. This grant is the part of the first round of a program aimed to help school’s improve school security in the wake of a mass shooting that left 26 students and educators dead in Newtown.

“After the horrific events on December 14th, Connecticut cities and towns moved swiftly to improve security infrastructures at schools in need,” Gov. Malloy said in a statement. “We will never be able to prevent every random act, but we can take the steps necessary to make sure that our children and our teachers are as safe as possible. This funding allows districts with the most need to implement modern security measures that will make schools safer.”

Malloy held a press conference Wednesday to announce the grants.

The funds will be disbursed by the Department of Emergency Services, which received 111 applications in 604 buildings for security projects. 

The districts which will receive grant funding are Avon, Bridgeport, Cheshire, Danbury, Derby, East Hartford, Enfield, Greenwich, Hamden, Hartford, Killingly, Ledyard, Mansfield, Meriden, Middletown, Montville, Naugatuck, New Britain, New Hartford, North Haven, Norwalk, Plymouth, Portland, Regional School District No. 6 (Warren, Morris and Goshen), Regional School District No. 14 (Woodbury and Bethlehem), Rocky Hill, Shelton, Southington, Stamford, Sterling, Stratford, Vernon, West Haven, Westport, Wethersfield and Winchester.

Each district will receive varying amounts of money. A full list of the grant totals can be seen here.

Among those in support of the additional funding was Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn. who has toured schools throughout the state to see what they need to be beter secured. He said the actions Connecticut has taken need to be mimicked on the Congressional level with laws and additional grants. 

"We can and must do more to ensure our schools are as safe as they can be, but that burden cannot rest solely with our state and local districts," Blumenthal said in a statement. "The federal government has an obligation to act, which is why I have co-sponsored the Schools and Campus Safety Enhancement Act to provide $40 million in annual grants over the next decade for safety-related capital improvements, training and security assessments. While the bill received broad bipartisan support, progress has been stalled by a minority in Congress unwilling to listen to the common sense needs and wishes of the American public. It is time for Congress to learn from the bipartisan successes of Connecticut and take action on comprehensive gun violence reform now.”



School Districts to Receive $5 Million from State for Security Projects

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