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August 15, 2018

Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott today announced 239 Vermont schools have been awarded school safety grants totaling $4 million, which will fund infrastructure upgrades designed to improve school safety. 

$4 Million in Facilities Grants; $1 Million for Planning and Training

This funding is possible through a $5 million funding package proposed by Scott and passed by the Legislature this spring.

An initial $4 million in grants will fund 560 separate projects in 239 schools to help tighten security and notification infrastructure. Purchases will include interior and exterior door locks, indoor and outdoor public address systems and other infrastructure upgrades to improve safety. Schools were eligible for up to $25,000 and will be responsible for a 25 percent grant match. The average award is around $16,000. The funds will be distributed by the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.

In addition to this grant funding, another $1 million will be available this fall to support schools in developing emergency plans, training and safety exercises.

“Getting these projects started quickly will help students, staff and administrators focus on learning,” said Scott. “Looking ahead, we will continue to do all we can to enhance the safety of our schools for our children, parents, faculty and the community, including leveraging $1 million from the Homeland Security Grant Program to support planning and training, and working with the Legislature to fund additional infrastructure improvements and preparedness across the entire education system.”

Overwhelming Bipartisan Support

Rep. Alice Emmons (D-Springfield) and Rep. Butch Shaw (R-Pittsford/Brandon) said the House Committee on Corrections and Institutions – the committee responsible for developing the budget for buildings and other non-transportation infrastructure – was pleased the full Legislature strongly supported these investments in school safety. Emmons is chair of the committee. Shaw is vice chair.

Representative Alice Emmons said, “These grants go a long way toward helping to make our school buildings more secure and providing a safer learning environment for our students.”  

“As a member of the House Corrections and Institutions Committee, I am very pleased that the committee recommended funding the Governor’s school safety grant program this year. I am looking forward to seeing the results that will be achieved in our efforts to ensure we continue to have safe and healthy schools,” said Representative Shaw. “The only thing our kids should have to worry about in school is whether or not they’ve completed their homework or prepared enough for the big test!”

Senator Peg Flory (R-Rutland), who chaired the Senate Institutions Committee, said, “I appreciate the Governor’s continued focus on enhancing school safety infrastructure, which he brought to our attention. These grants are an important step in our effort to increase the safety of the children and employees in our schools.”

Statewide Assessment Conducted

A statewide safety assessment, directed by Governor Scott and conducted on schools throughout Vermont earlier this year, helped schools and State officials identify needs and priority projects for the available funding.

“Following a statewide safety assessment of schools in March and funding approval by the Legislature, a 12-member committee of school administrators, emergency responders and representatives from the State prioritized a list of measures schools could take to make facilities more secure and better notify staff of an emergency,” the Governor said. “This working group used the list as the basis for scoring applications and for making award recommendations to the Department of Public Safety.”

Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas D. Anderson praised the work of the 12-member committee. “We asked this committee to do a tremendous amount of work in a very short period of time,” Anderson said. “Without their dedication and hard work, we would not have been able to get these funds awarded in time for the upcoming school year.”

Additional Security Enhancements

In July, as part of the Governor’s overall strategy to improve school safety, Vermont Emergency Management and the Vermont School Safety Center hosted a series of crisis communications trainings to improve school safety. More than 100 superintendents, principals and school staff from around the state took part. Additional training courses will be held during the school year.

“The response from our schools to this safety initiative has been remarkable,” said Deputy Secretary of Education Heather Bouchey. “We look forward to continuing our work with Vermont’s schools, the Department of Public Safety and the Vermont School Safety Center to make our schools as safe as possible.”

A list of the schools receiving grants and the grant amounts is below:  

School Name

Grant Award

Academy School


Albany Community School


Albert Bridge School


Alburgh Community Ed Center


Allen Brook School


Allen Street Campus


Bakersfield Elem and Middle


Barnet Elementary


Barre City School District


Barre Town School District


Barstow Memorial


Barton Graded School


Beeman Elementary


Bellows Falls Middle School


Bellows Falls Union High


Bellows Free Academy (St Albans)


Bennington Elementary


Benson Village School


Berkshire Elementary


Bethel-Whitcomb Schools


BFA Fairfax


Bingham Memorial School


Bradford Academy and Graded Sch


Brattleboro Union High


Brewster Pierce


Bridport Central School


Brighton Elementary School


Bristol Elementary


Browns River Middle School


Burke Town School


Burlington High School


Cabot School


Cambridge Elementary School


Camels Hump Middle School


Canaan Schools


Castleton-Hubbardton Union


Cavendish Town Elem School


Central Elementary School


Central Vermont Career Center


Chamberlin School


Champlain Elementary


Charleston Elem School


Charlotte Central School


Chelsea Public School


Chester-Andover Elementary


Clarendon Elementary School


Colchester Middle School


Coventry Village School


Craftsbury School


Crossett Brook Middle School


Currier Memorial


CVU High School


Danville School


Derby Elementary School


Dorset School


Dothan Brook School


Dover Elementary School


Dummerston School


Eden Central School


Edmonds Elementary


Elm Hill School


Elmore School


Enosburg Elementary


Enosburg Middle-High School


Fairfield Center School


Fair Haven Grade School


Fair Haven Union High School


Fayston Elementary School


Fisher School


Fletcher Elementary School


Flood Brook School


Flynn Elementary


Franklin Elementary School


Georgia Elementary & Middle School


Glover Community School


Green Mtn Tech and Career Center


Green Street School


Halifax School


Hardwick Elementary


Hartford Area Career and Tech


Hartford high school


Hartford memorial middle school


Harwood Union Middle/High School


Hazen Union


Highgate Elementary School


Hinesburg Community School


Hunt middle school


Hyde Park Elementary


Integrated Arts Academy


Ira Allen Early Ed Center


Irasburg Village School


Isle LaMotte School


Jamaica Village School


Jericho Elementary School


JF Kennedy Elem School


Johnson Elementary


Lake Region UHS #24


Lakeview Union School


Lamoille Union High 18


Lamoille Union Middle 18


Learning Academy at Sudbury


Learning Academy at Whiting


Leicester Central School


Leland and Grey Union High


Lincoln Community School


Lothrop Elementary


Lowell Graded School


Lyndon Town School


Main Street Middle School


Mallett's Bay School


Manchester Elementary-Middle


Marion Cross School


Marlboro Elementary School


Mettawee Community


Middlebury ID 4


Middletown Springs Elementary


Mill River US #40


Millers Run School


Milton High School


Milton Middle School




Molly Stark School


Montpelier High School


Monument Elementary


Moretown Elementary School


Morristown Elem Schools


Mount Anthony Sr Union High


Mount Anthony Middle School


Mt Mansfield US #17


Neshobe Elementary


Newark School


Newbrook Elementary School


Newport City Elem Schools


Newton School


North Country Union Jr High #22B


North Hero School


Northeast Elementary


Northfield Middle-High School


Northwest Elementary School


Northwest Technical Center


Oak Grove School


On Point Elementary


Orange Center School


Orchard School


Orleans Central Early Childhood


Orleans Elementary School


Orwell Village School


Ottauquechee School


Otter Valley Union Main Campus


Otter Valley Union Middle and H


Oxbow Union High


Patricia A. Hannaford Career Ce


Peacham Elementary


Peoples Academy


Peoples Academy Middle School


Pierpoint Learning Center


Poultney Elementary School


Poultney High School


Pownal Elementary


Proctor Elementary


Proctor High School


Putney Central School


Readsboro Elementary


Richford Elementary


Richford Junior Senior High


Richmond Elementary School


Rick Marcotte Central School


Ripton Elementary


River Bend Career-Tech Center


River Valley Tech Center


Riverside Middle School


Robinson Elementary


Rochester School


Roxbury Village School


Rutland High School


Rutland Intermediate School


Rutland Middle School


Rutland Town Elementary


Salisbury Community School


Saxtons River Elementary School


Shaftsbury Elementary


Sharon Elementary School


Shelburne Community School


Sheldon Elementary School


Shoreham Elementary


Shrewsbury Mountain School


SHS Union District (Spaulding Union HS)


Smilie Memorial School (Bolton)


Smith Elementary


South Burlington High School


South Burlington Tuttle Middle


South Royalton School


Springfield High School


St. Albans City School


St. Albans Town Educ Center


St. Johnsbury School


Stamford Elementary School


Stockbridge Central School


Stowe Elementary School


Stowe Middle/High School


Sunderland School


Sustainability Academy


SVSU Early Childhood


Swanton Schools


Thatcher Brook Primary School


Thetford Academy


Tinmouth Elementary School


Troy Elementary School


Tunbridge Central School


Twinfield Union School


Underhill Central Elementary School


Underhill Id Elementary School


Union Elementary School


Union Street School


Vernon Elementary School


Waitsfield Elementary School


Walden School


Wallingford Village School


Wardsboro Central School


Warren Elementary School


Washington Village School


Waterford Elementary


Waterville Elementary


Weathersfield School


Wells Village School


West Rutland School


Westminster Schools


Weybridge Elementary


White River School


Williamstown Elementary


Williamstown Middle-High School


Williston Central School


Windham Elementary


Windsor School


Winooski High School


Winooski Middle School


Wolcott Elementary


Woodbury Elementary


Woodford Hollow School