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Hundreds of school districts, many in ENC, receive grants to improve school safety

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The funding will be used for safety equipment, school resource officers, training and services for students in crisis in elementary, middle and charter schools across the state.

Two hundred school districts and charter schools across North Carolina will benefit from more than $74-million in school safety grants from the Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools.

The funding will be used for safety equipment, school resource officers, training and services for students in crisis in elementary, middle and charter schools across the state. High schools were eligible for funding other than for school resource officers.

All the school districts and charter schools that applied for a grant received it.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Catherine Truitt said the funding is critical to ensuring that schools are safe for students and staff.

ENC districts awarded school safety grants:

  • Beaufort County Schools, $396,000
  • Bertie County Schools, $50,750
  • Carteret County Schools, $553,324
  • Craven County Schools, $687,356
  • Duplin County Schools, $1,714,700
  • Greene County Schools, $630,660
  • Jones County Schools, $499,134
  • Lenoir County Public Schools, $282,600
  • Martin County Schools, $199,000
  • Pamlico County Schools, $152,000
  • Pitt County Schools, $1,067,900
  • Tyrell County Schools, $410,599
  • Washington County Schools, $70,500
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