N.H. Lawmakers OK $10 Million for School Safety Projects

Jan 19, 2018

Governor Chris Sununu and Department of Education Commissioner Frank Edelblut spoke before lawmakers Friday morning.
Credit Jason Moon for NHPR

Some schools around the state will soon be getting security upgrades as lawmakers Friday approved about $10 million in grants for school safety projects.

The money comes from a surplus in last year’s state budget. It will pay for 170 different projects at schools around the state. Most are security upgrades, like improved locks, alarm systems, or surveillance cameras.

Governor Chris Sununu urged lawmakers to approve the funds at a hearing Friday morning.

“It’s going at direct needs, as defined by the communities, not just political desires defined by Concord. We really reached out and asked them what they need and in some cases we were able to provide a considerable amount of funding.”

The grants represent the first statewide school infrastructure spending since lawmakers placed a moratorium on school building aid during the recession in 2009.