Trumbull to receive state grant for school security

State Rep. Tony Hwang (R-134) along with Gov. Dannel Malloy announced the Trumbull School District will receive a state grant in the amount of $270,495 for its nine schools as part of the Competitive Grant Program for School Security, part of the Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety Act.

This competitive grant program was open to every local and regional school district. These 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,” said Rep. Hwang.

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. This brings the total school districts funded in round one to 111, covering 604 schools.

The 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.