HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Schools in 36 districts across Connecticut will receive money to improve security as part of a state grant program.
Governor Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday announced that $5 million in funding under the Gun Violence Prevention and Children's Safety Act will be divided among 169 schools.
Cities and towns where schools are getting grants include Bridgeport. Cheshire, Hamden, Meriden, Middletown, North Haven, and West Haven.
"After the horrific events on December 14th, Connecticut cities and towns moved swiftly to improve security infrastructures at schools in need," the governor said in a news release.
He says the money will be used to reimburse the schools for infrastructure improvements in the wake of last December's massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.
The funding will pay for improvements such video cameras, door locks and other security systems, but not for the hiring of security guards.
Malloy says the improvements can't stop every random act of violence, but will help ensure the state's schools are as safe as possible.
"This funding allows districts with the most need to implement modern security measures that will make schools safer,” Malloy said in a statement.
Additional funding is expected to be announced.
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