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House Passes Bill on School Security Infrastructure Fund Sponsored by Del. David Ramadan

If passed, the Virginia Public School Authority would be authorized to issue up to $6 million each year in grants to school divisions to buy security equipment.

The House of Delegates passed a bill Monday that creates the Public School Security Equipment Grant Act of 2013. If passed, the Virginia Public School Authority would be authorized to issue up to $6 million each year in grants to school divisions to buy security equipment to improve and ensure the safety of students.

Local school divisions could apply for grants to make capital infrastructure improvements to correct identified security equipment needs. Del. David Ramadan (R-87th) joined with Del. Beverly Sherwood (R-29th) in introducing the bill.

“This fund will help schools get the equipment and upgrades they need to keep our children safe in their classrooms,” Ramadan said Monday in a news release.

Governor Bob McDonnell’s Task Force on School and Campus Safety included this measure in their list of recommendations. The bill, HB2343, will now be heard and voted on in the Senate. The 2013 General Assembly Session is scheduled to end Saturday.

Alan Kroll February 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM
It is good to see increase attention to security systems in our schools. Hopefully the grants will be leveraged by localities as part of a comprehensive security system upgrade. Thanks to the Delegates who sponsored and supported this program!

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