Gov. Dannel Malloy announced Tuesday that an additional 75 school districts covering 435 schools will receive funds as part of the School Security Grant Program, part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Act.
Speaking at the Farmington Club for the Connecticut School Construction Coalition's "School Facility Security Products and Services Day," Malloy said an additional $16 million in state funding will be used to reimburse cities and towns for a portion of the costs associated with improving school security following the Sandy Hook shooting.
"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 Dec. 14," Malloy said 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."
School security has been discussed at length in the wake of a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December that took the lives of 20 children and six adults.
The $16 million in state funding will be combined with $5 million approved by Malloy in September.
Malloy said on Tuesday that he would likely ask for more money during the next legislative session.
Milford school officials missed out on the first round of funding in September, but they said they were happy to find themselves on the new list. They were granted more than $1.3 million.
The following changes have been made to the Joseph Foran High School in Milford since that school shooting:
An electronic key card is needed to enter the school
Classrooms can be locked from the inside to deter an intruder
Each room has a phone with an outside line to access 911.
In the main office, there is a quick link button, which is similar to a silent alarm at a bank, that can notify police instantly if something goes wrong.
"With the attack that occurred in Newtown, we sat down again and went through our manual and went over everything again, and came up with these things to improve upon," said Bill Richards, who is the deputy director emergency management for the city of Milford.
The following schools received funding through the school secruity grant:
To find out how much the schools received, click here.
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