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Jefferson schools, task force get grants

June 21, 2006|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Jefferson County Schools was one of 11 school districts in West Virginia to be awarded federal money to help pay for prevention resource officers in their respective schools, according to an announcement this week by Gov. Joe Manchin.

A $28,000 U.S. Department of Justice grant for Jefferson High School was included among nearly $1.8 million for 34 initiatives, which included another $51,468 for police officers in Martinsburg, W.Va., who are part of the Eastern Panhandle Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force.

"These funds will assist state and local governments in carrying out programs that can improve the functionality of the criminal justice system," Manchin said in a press release. "People across the state will benefit from the funding that these important grants provide."

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