Florida County School Obtains Anti-Terror Money to Secure Bus Compound

The county's school bus compound behind Wakulla High School is getting a security fence, thanks to the federal government.

The Wakulla County School Board was presented a $17,000 check by Leon County Schools Superintendent Bill Montford on Monday during its regular meeting.

The award is part of $379,772 in federal money from the Law Enforcement Terrorism Grant.

Montford, who is chairman of the North Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force Education Group, will present checks to the other 12 counties in North Florida that are a part of the Florida Task Force area.

The money must be used to secure school facilities, which include precautionary supplies like fences and security cameras. Wakulla officials chose the fence option.

Rather than divide the money per pupil, the counties explained how the money would be used in their applications, Montford said. This way it gave smaller counties a better chance to get the money they needed.

"I can't think of anything more important than the safety of our children," Montford said.