HCS receives $225,000 grant from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services
Hampton City Schools has received a competitive grant for $225,000 from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The grant is for the current school year and is a continuing grant for up to 45 months as funds permit.
DCJS, through this grant, will provide 100% of the funding to hire eight full-time school security officers from October 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. As a part of the grant, next school year (2023-2024), there will be a required local match based on the local composite index for Hampton City Schools.
The grant allows HCS to hire school security officers (SSO) at the following schools: Eaton Middle School, Jones Magnet Middle School, Tarrant Middle School, Andrews PreK-8 School, Phenix PreK-8 School, Kilgore Gifted Center; and Phoebus High School.
“This grant will allow the security department to enhance our existing security officer numbers at our schools,” said James Bailey, school security supervisor. “Hampton City Schools will now have six full-time SSOs at each high school and three full-time SSOs at Kilgore Gifted Center and at all middle and PreK-8 schools.”