OCTOBER 21, 2004 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT
WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Students at West Memphis will get more heavily computerized schools, and safer ones, thanks to a federal grant. For the next three years, the district will get $2.875 million a year, totaling $8.7 million over the three years.
Similar grants went to 24 districts around the country as part of the Safe Schools-Healthy Students program run by three federal departments.
Part of the money will be used to buy web-based surveillance equipment intended to allow school principals and police to monitor hallways, gyms and other trouble spots. The grant will also allow the district to expand computerized lessons and after-school programs.