Eight Ventura County school districts are among those statewide splitting a $106-million grant to retrofit ceilings and lighting fixtures in schools.
The Simi Valley Unified School District received the most money among county schools from the National Hazard Mitigation Grant Program administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Supt. Mary Beth Wolford said her district's $4.7 million share--the second-largest amount received by any district in the state--would outfit all the district's schools with sound lighting fixtures.
During the Northridge earthquake, heavy lighting fixtures broke loose in many schools in the east end of the city and landed on students' desks.