Onslow County Schools receives school safety grant

ONSLOW COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Onslow County Schools is getting grant funds to improve safety.

The school system is one of two hundred thirty North Carolina districts and charter schools to get safety grants from the Department of Public Instruction’s Center for Safer Schools (CFSS).

Onslow County will be getting $700,000 in funds which officials say includes $682,500 for school safety equipment and $17,500 for training to increase school safety. Officials say the amount is the second-highest of grant funds given to any single district for this year’s Safer Schools grants.

“Learning happens best when our students and staff have a safe learning environment,” said Superintendent Dr. Barry Collins. “Thank you to Dr. Gartner and Mr. Rhodes for writing the grant and for the support of Chief Financial Officer Jeff Hollamon and his staff in the process. Work done previously by Dr. Gartner and Mr. Rhodes, along with our school administrators and law enforcement partners, put the district in a much better position to receive the grant. This is a good return on our investment in safety and security and the work our staff does every day to further our efforts in maintaining a safe and orderly learning environment.”

Collins said district staff are looking forward to implementing the plans that are outlined in the system’s grant application and thanked the General Assembly for their role in providing funding.

“Safety and security is the highest priority for our district. We appreciate the General Assembly’s continuing support for the School Safety Grants along with our state legislative delegation’s support and partnership. They have been extremely important in our ability to provide a positive learning environment for our students and staff.”