A handful of Alaska's schools have asked for assistance in order to better prepare for a lockdown, according to education Commissioner Mike Hanley.
In light of the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., many districts have expressed concerns regarding security in Alaska's schools.
Specifically, Hanley said districts wanted to address the security of exterior and classroom doors in the event of a lockdown. Some schools inquired about buying security cameras to monitor entrances as well.
The Legislature allocated $21 million in the state's capital budget in order to help beef up security, fix safety hazards and - for districts with under 4,500 students - address energy costs.
Districts will be receiving funds on a formula that relies on number of students.