Staunton Capital Improvement Plan Focuses on School Safety
Staunton City Council got a first look Thursday night at the proposed capital improvement plan, which predominantly features school safety.
The $197 million plan includes maintenance items like a new roof on the firehouse and brick sidewalk replacements, as well as some improvements to streets and traffic signals.
But new this year is $400,000 toward security equipment making schools safer. And they're starting with the elementary schools.
“They have a set of doors and you walk into the school and then usually there's another set of doors. We're trying to stop people between the doors, then they would be able to communicate with the office, tell them why they're there. So that's the point of stopping someone from getting inside the school system,” said Jeanne Colvin, chief financial officer for the city of Staunton.
The plan also calls for surveillance cameras outside the schools and a badge system for employees to enter the buildings.
The following is a breakdown of the plan:
$800,000 to firehouse station roof
$100,000 to brick sidewalk replacement projects
$1,000,000 to Englewood/Shutterlee Mill Road street improvement
$200,000 to ADA-compliant traffic signals at Coalter and Beverley streets
$400,000 to security equipment for school building safety
$500,000 to Bessie Weller School – VDOT Safe Route to School grant and match
$250,000 to communication equipment for schools/telephone upgrade
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