The schools receiving the grants are: Hampton Elementary School, which received $9,995; Hunter Elementary, which received $9,595; Unaka Elementary, which received $5,995; Happy Valley High; $4,010; Little Milligan Elementary, $3,200; and Unaka High, $3,000.
Sonya Miller, a supervisor in the school system, said each school’s grant is for different items, including security cameras, reflective glass and other security materials. All items to be included in the grants must be purchased and installed by next May, Miller said.
National School Shield Grant Program guidelines said in its overview that “school security is a complex issue with no simple, single solution - that’s why National School Shield is committed to addressing the many facets of school security, including best practices in security infrastructure, technology, personnel, training and policy. Through this multidimensional effort, National School Shield seeks to engage communities and empower leaders to help make our schools more secure.
The overview said the National School Shield Grant Program, providing funding assistance through e NRA Foundation, helped “complete projects and activities focused on improving school security nationwide.”
Past grants have provided assistance for such security projects as perimeter fencing, secured visitor entry systems, security cameras and intercoms, window safety/security film, ballistic shielding, panic buttons and classroom emergency kits.