Trumbull will receive a state grant of $270,495 for school security, said school officials and State Rep. Tony Hwang, R-134.
Hwang and Gov. Dannel Malloy said the grant will cover nine schools as part of the Competitive Grant Program for School Security, part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act.
The grant program was open to every local and regional school district. The grants may reimburse school districts for a portion of the costs associated with making safety and security improvements to schools and are joint administrated by the State Department of Education, Department of Construction Services and the Department of Emergency and Homeland Security.
“I am thrilled Trumbull schools have been selected as a recipient school district to enhance their school security systems. It is critical to ensure that EVERY child is protected and safe in a Trumbull educational environment. I will also work to ensure that mental health awareness and supportive services are available - which is another major component the Gun Violence Prevention and Safety Act,” Hwang said.
With these additional funds, a total of $21 million has now been allocated to the school security grant program.
The state was able to secure an additional $6 million in state bond funds to enable all schools that applied in round one to be funded, Hwang said. This brings the total school districts funded in round one to 111, covering 604 schools, he added.
Projects that are eligible for funding under this grant program are improvements to the security infrastructure at schools including but not limited to
- Installation of surveillance cameras
- Penetration resistant vestibules
- Ballistic glass, solid core doors, double door access, computer-controlled electronic locks, entry door buzzer systems, scan card systems
- Panic alarms or systems, the purchase of portable entrance security devices, including but not limited to metal detector wands and screening machines and the training of school security personnel in the operation of the security infrastructure.