Cumberland High School was one of several local schools receiving a School Security Equipment Grant for 2016, which was awarded by Governor Terry McAuliffe to be used to purchase equipment to make schools more secure. McAuliffe stated, “School safety is a fundamental element of offering every Virginia Student a world class education in an environment where they can learn, grow and thrive. These grants will give our administrators the resources they need to keep students and educators safe so they can focus on preparing for success in the new Virginia economy.” Six million dollars was awarded to schools in 96 school divisions and five regional educational programs.
CHS was awarded $64,000, which was more than neighboring schools in surrounding counties received. Funds will be used to secure additional security cameras and add DVR capabilities to monitor CHS’s office areas and bus loop. Funding would also allow the school to update its failing intercom system, allowing for centralized mass notification features, bell schedules, clock control, and system maintenance. Dr. Amy Griffin, superintendent of Cumberland County Public Schools, thanked the CuCPS Technology Department for securing the grant.