State School Superintendent Richard Woods provided detailed information to school districts regarding $16 million in bond funding available to help schools enhance student safety. The funding was appropriated by the Georgia General Assembly this year. Every local school district will receive a base amount of $25,000, and the remaining $1.5 million will be allocated based on the amount of students enrolled in each district. (state release)
State law requires districts to use the funding for improvements or refurbishments to a district’s physical footprint (for example, fencing or security doors) and/or equipment which can be capitalized (for example, security camera systems).
This effort is part of a broader, comprehensive approach to school safety that includes deep conversations around school climate and culture, statewide partnerships with organizations like the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency, the Georgia Attorney General’s Office, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office – Middle District of Georgia.
Below is a look at how it breaks down for our local school systems. Included: The number of full-time students as well as total grants per school system.
County schools, 9,390 students, $87,877.
Rome city, 6,348 students, $67,509.
County schools, 13,267 students, $113,840.
Cartersville city, 4,481 students, $55,004.
County schools, 6,522 students, $68,671.
Calhoun city, 4,004 students, $51,815.
County schools, 7,661 students, $76,302.
County schools, 2,729 students, $43,273.
Trion city, 1,351 students, $34,409.