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
Barton Graded School
Brighton Elementary School
Charleston Elem School
Coventry Village School
Derby Elementary School
Irasburg Village School
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.