Gov. Dannel Malloy said $5 million in state funding will be used to reimburse cities and towns for some of the costs associated with security infrastructure improvements made in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
One hundred sixty-nine schools in 36 districts will receive funds in the first round of the Competitive Grant Program for school security, as part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act, Gov. Dannel Malloy announced on Wednesday.
Malloy said $5 million in state funding will be used to reimburse cities and towns for some of the costs associated with security infrastructure improvements made in response to the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
“After the horrific events on December 14th, Connecticut cities and towns moved swiftly to improve security infrastructures at schools in need,” Malloy said. “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.”
Funds from municipalities -- $3,921,435 in total -- will be matched with nearly $5 million in state funding for an overall investment of $8,911,853 in school security among 169 schools.
The awards are based on a school security assessment survey that each local school district that applied conducted and each municipality will be reimbursed between 20 and 80 percent according to town wealth.
School districts receiving awards 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.
DESPP received 111 applications for proposed infrastructure projects in 604 school buildings, consisting of the installation of surveillance cameras, bullet proof glass, electric locks, buzzer and card entry systems, and panic alarms. Another round of funding will be announced soon.