CBS19: Spanberger helps fund school safety in Madison


7th District Rep. Abigail Spanberger followed through on her gubernatorial campaign platform by putting money into public schools on Wednesday.

“As a parent I recognize the feeling that every parent has when we send them off to school that they’re safe, that if there’s ever any sort of emergency, first responders are able to respond,” Spanberger said.

Right now, many of Madison’s public schools have dead zones in them. That means in an emergency, administrators and first responders aren’t always able to communicate with each other.

“Kids and teachers need to feel safe. They need to have that level of stability to be able to teach and for the students to learn,” Spanberger said, “One of my top priorities, to bring federal resources back to the communities I represent.”

She gave them $450,000 to purchase a bidirectional amplifier system. It will get rid of the dead zones.

Spanberger and county officials agreed that he funding couldn’t have come at a better time, as fires devastated parts of the county last month.

“Certainly, Madison has experienced fires. In the event there’s a weather event or a fire scenario, that would impact the safety on the ground at a school,” Spanberger said.

“The wildfire, you have all been very impactful. We can pick up the phone in a moment of need, and this will enhance and make our community safer,” County Administrator Jonathon Weakley said.

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