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Alamance-Burlington Schools was awarded $880,000 to improve school safety as part of $74.1 million school safety grant initiative announced today by the Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools. 

A total of 200 school districts and charter schools across North Carolina will benefit.  

The funding will be used primarily for school resource officers.  

“The School Safety Grant enhances schools’ efforts to keep our students safe,” said Karen W. Fairley, executive director of the Center for Safer Schools. “We’re thankful that we had the funding available to distribute, and we know it will go to good use.” 

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

“School safety is a top priority for the Department of Public Instruction as it is for students, families, educators – all of us,” Truitt said. “It goes without saying that safety is an essential condition for effective teaching and learning. The Center for Safer Schools did a great job ensuring that each applicant received as much funding as possible to meet that critical need.”