Warren County schools agree to purchase new security equipment

FRONT ROYAL — The Warren County Public School District has been awarded a $40,000 security grant from the Virginia Department of Education.

Members of the Warren County School Board, in a meeting on Wednesday, voted unanimously to accept the grant funding and to pay for a server, cameras and intercom speakers.

During the meeting, Timothy Grant, director of technology for the district, said that the funds would help the district replace old and missing equipment.

“There’s some places where there are missing speakers for intercoms at E. Wilson Morrison and Hilda Barbor elementary schools,” Grant said.

According to an October news release from the Office of the Governor, the Virginia Department of Education awards the grant to schools based on how badly they need the new equipment.

“The criteria for making the awards–developed by the Virginia Department of Education and the state Department of Criminal Justice Services — gives priority to schools most in need of modern security equipment, schools with relatively high numbers of offenses, schools with equipment needs identified by a school security audit, and schools in divisions least able to afford security upgrades,” the release states.

The district received $42,640 through the grant. The district will also have to pay $10,640 of its own money–25 percent of the award–on security equipment, as a term of the grant.

During Wednesday’s meeting the School Board agreed to spend just under $49,000. That money will go toward replacing cameras at Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School and Ressie Jeffries Elementary School, buying new intercom speakers at E. Wilson Morrison Elementary Schools and Warren County High School and replacing a server at Skyline High School.

The district will also have to spend an additional $4,513 in order to meet the terms of the grant.

Grant said that he decided not to ask for that additional money because it isn’t clear how much the district will have to spend on labor in order to install the new equipment. He said that he will ask the district to spend the remaining costs either on labor costs or on new equipment.