$16 mil­lion avail­able for school safety im­prove­ments

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State School Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Woods pro­vided de­tailed in­for­ma­tion to school dis­tricts to­day 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 $11.5 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated based on the amount of stu­dents en­rolled in each district.

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.

“It’s our ab­so­lute first pri­or­ity at the state level to make sure stu­dents have a safe, se­cure place to learn,” State School Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard Woods said. “School lead­ers in Ge­or­gia, in part­ner­ship with law en­force­ment and emer­gency man­age­ment agen­cies, are do­ing great work to keep stu­dents safe, and I know these funds will help them go even fur­ther to im­prove school se­cu­rity. I deeply ap­pre­ci­ate the lead­er­ship of the Ge­or­gia Gen­eral Assem­bly on this is­sue and will con­tinue to work with them to ad­dress this is­sue in a com­pre­hen­sive way.”

Cal­houn City Schools will re­ceive a to­tal of $51,815, while Gor­don County Schools will re­ceive $68,671.

This Na­tional Get Out­doors Day, in­vig­o­rate your senses and ex­plore the 3,000 acres of out­door beauty at Ge­or­gia’s Barnsley Re­sort with a spe­cialty out­doors Geo­caching Com­pe­ti­tion.

The North­west Ge­or­gia re­sort is en­cour­ag­ing guests and lo­cals alike to spend some time in the sun­shine and get a lit­tle dirt on their boots with a geo­caching com­pe­ti­tion that takes them on a jour­ney through­out the Barnsley Barn­yard, hik­ing trails, golf course, his­toric gar­dens, Manor House Ru­ins, pic­turesque ponds and more.

On June 9, lo­cals are in­vited to find and record a se­cret code found at each cache lo­ca­tion, found by us­ing GPS de­vices or apps avail­able for smart­phones. Each par­tic­i­pant who com­pletes their card will re­ceive a token to re­deem at the re­sort’s out­door Beer Gar­den, as well as be en­tered into a draw­ing to win a gift cer­tifi­cate for a fu­ture stay at the new 55-rom Inn.

The com­pli­men­tary event will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The win­ner will be an­nounced at 6:30 p.m. in the Beer Gar­den and must be present to win.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit https:// www.barns­leyre­sort.com/

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