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239 Vermont schools to get grants to improve school safety

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Republican Gov. Phil Scott says 239 Vermont schools will share a total of $4 million in grants for infrastructure upgrades aimed at improving school safety.

Scott’s office said Wednesday that the money will be used to buy interior and exterior door locks, indoor and outdoor public address systems, and other improvements.

A statewide assessment of school safety was done earlier this year.

Schools are responsible for a 25 percent grant match and the average award is around $16,000. The money will go out at the start of the school year.

Scott says the state will continue to work to enhance the safety of the state’s schools, including leveraging $1 million from the Homeland Security Grant Program to support planning and training and working with the Legislature to fund additional improvements.

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