Local schools receive school safety grants

in Newport/News/Northeast Kingdom

NEWPORT — A total of 239 Vermont schools have been awarded safety grants totaling $4 million, which will fund infrastructure upgrades designed to improve school safety.

Locally, this money will be distributed to the following schools:

Albany Community School
$14,643.38

Barton Graded School
$14,546.25

Brighton Elementary School
$7,079.25

Charleston Elem School
$15,629.25

Coventry Village School
$8,432.25

Craftsbury School
$24,750.75

Derby Elementary School
$24,996.75

Irasburg Village School
$7,500.00

Lake Region
$25,000.00

Lowell Graded School
$13,687.50

Newport City Elem Schools
$3,975.00

North Country Union Jr High
$25,000.00

Orleans Central Early Childhood
$14,963.51

Orleans Elementary School
$16,706.06

Purchases will include interior and exterior door locks, indoor and outdoor public address systems and other infrastructure upgrades to improve safety.

Schools were eligible for up to $25,000 and will be responsible for a 25 percent grant match. The average award is around $16,000. The funds will be distributed by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

“Getting these projects started quickly will help students, staff, and administrators focus on learning,” said Gov. Phil Scott.

A statewide safety assessment, directed by Governor Scott and conducted on schools throughout Vermont earlier this year, helped schools and State officials identify needs and priority projects for the available funding.

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