Gov. Dannel Malloy has announced an additional $16 million in state funding for school security improvements in districts around Connecticut, bringing to the total amount to $21 million.
The additional funding will be awarded to 434 schools in 75 districts for new safety features and infrastructure. It comes in the wake of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, during which 20 children and six educators were killed.
“This allows us to continue to get resources out to the cities and towns that have begun work to modernize their security infrastructure and ramp up safety procedures at school buildings in the wake of the horrific events on December 14th,” said Governor Malloy, in a statement on Tuesday. “We will never be able to prevent every random act of violence, but we can take the steps necessary to make sure that our children and our teachers are as safe as possible. This funding allows an additional 435 schools to implement modern security measures that will make schools safer.”
In September, Malloy announced $5 million in funding for 169 schools. A total of 604 schools in 111 school districts are now receiving state money.
The awards are administered by the Dept. of Emergency Services and Public Protection along with the Dept. of Construction Services and came as a result of school security assessments conducted in each school district that applied for state funding.
Security projects being funded include the installation of surveillance cameras, bulletproof glass, electric locks, buzzer and card entry systems and panic alarms.
An additional round of funding will be announced soon, according to Gov. Malloy’s office.