State Rep. Wes Kitchens announced more than $7 million in new fundingfor school security enhancements, technology upgrades, and other needs in schools in Marshall, Blount and DeKalb counties, according to a statement issued by the legislative office.
The new funding will be divided based upon total student populations, with $1,469,836 going to Marshall County schools, $2,090,968 being allocated to Blount County schools, $2,340,700 being directed toward DeKalb County schools, $670,025 being awarded to Arab city schools, and $508,201 being given to Guntersville city schools.
Schools within Kitchens’ legislative district that will receive a portion of the funding include all Arab and Guntersville city schools, Brindlee Mountain schools, Asbury schools, Kate Duncan Smith DAR School, J.B. Pennington High School, Geraldine schools, and Fyffe schools.
Kitchens released this statement:
“Among the most important responsibilities of legislators is ensuring the public safety, and protecting our children from harm ranks even higher on our list of priorities.
"The $7 million in additional state funding being awarded to systems within my legislative district will help implement security upgrades and protocols that keep our children safe while in school and provide the technology necessary to prepare them for well-paying, long-lasting jobs in the 21st Century workforce.
"These funds from the Alabama Advancement and Technology Fund may be used to purchase school security equipment and enhancements, education technology and equipment, complete needed repairs and maintenance, and upgrade school bus fleets.
Even before this funding was secured, the Education Trust Fund budget we passed earlier this year provided an increase in new teachers being hired, new dollars flowing directly into the classroom, and a salary raise for our teachers.”