McDonnell budget includes school safety measures

RICHMOND, VA (WTVR) — Governor Bob McDonnell revealed his two year budget proposal Monday.

In it, the Governor wants hundreds of millions of dollars allocated to education, including  grants for school security and funds for more safety personnel.

“Continuing the work of the school safety task force we’ve put in another $1.5 million to put additional school safety personnel,” McDonnell said.

That money goes along with the six million dollars worth of grants for which school districts can apply.

Criteria includes a local match of at least 25 percent. The most any one school can receive is $100,000 dollars.

“For safety I don’t think any price is enough,” David Hudson, principal of Linwood Holton Elementary, said.

Hudson welcomes the added money.

While he already has state of the art cameras, buzzers, and even a background check system for visitors, Hudson says he still wishes he could hire a school resource officer for added security.

“Just to have the extra eye walking about – that would be a nice feature,” Hudson said.

Hudson conducted a code red lock down while St. George was in the school. Watch the video to see what it is like inside the school during the drill

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