Two W-JCC schools win security grants

RICHMOND - The governor awarded $6 million in school-security grants Thursday, including funds for Clara Byrd Baker Elementary School and D.J. Montague Elementary School in the Williamsburg-James City County school district. 

The two elementary schools received a total of $54,432 in grant money, according to a press release from Gov. Terry McAullife's office.

“Parents rightfully expect that public schools will provide safe and orderly environments in which all students can focus on learning,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Steven R. Staples. “The enhancements and systems supported by these grants will help schools meet this basic expectation.” 

The $6 million will pay for security upgrades in 434 public schools and instructional facilities throughout the state. Possible security upgrades listed in the press release include video monitoring systems, metal detectors, access controls and direct communication links between schools and law enforcement agencies. 

A Williamsburg-James City County spokesperson was not immediately available to say what upgrades the district would be doing to Clara Byrd Baker and D.J. Montague. 

McKinnon can be reached at 757-345-2341.

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