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.

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

Albany Community School

Barton Graded School

Brighton Elementary School

Charleston Elem School

Coventry Village School

Craftsbury School

Derby Elementary School

Irasburg Village School

Lake Region

Lowell Graded School

Newport City Elem Schools

North Country Union Jr High

Orleans Central Early Childhood

Orleans Elementary School

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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