Fairfield gets $150K state grant for school security
Published 1:17 pm, Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Fairfield school officials will spend a $147,296 state grant on "enhanced security" at the town's public school buildings, but details on the safety projects will remain under wraps.
"We do not release details of this plan for security reasons," Superintendent of Schools David Title said. "We are grateful to the state for this funding request. Our schools will be safer as a result."
The grant is part of the School Security Grant Program, part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Act, and the award was announced Tuesday by Gov. Dannel Malloy as part of an overall $16 million distributed to 435 schools around the state.
Fairfield schools had asked for $535,594 under the grant program. The funding is used to reimburse towns for a portion of the costs associated with security infrastructure improvements made in the wake of last December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
The funding is based on a school security assessment survey conducted by each local school district that applied. In Fairfield, that security assessment was conducted by police Sgt. Suzanne Lussier and Lt. James Perez.
Each municipality is reimbursed between 20 to 80 percent of the costs of their security plans, and Fairfield's local share will be $388,298.
Title said the match requirement was met by the district during the last fiscal year. "We spent more than the required amount after Sandy Hook," he said.
The local share takes into account factors such as the town's grand list of taxable properties and overall number of need-based students as defined in state statutes.
A future round of funding is expected to be announced soon.
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