How state police plan to improve safety for more than 200 Michigan schools

Posted at 8:21 AM, Mar 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-28 15:47:37-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Michigan State Police announced Wednesday more than 200 schools will receive $25 million in state grants from the 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program.

Officials say the money will be distributed among 135 public school districts, 66 non-public schools, 20 public charter schools and nine intermediate school districts/regional educational service agencies.

The goal is to improve the safety and security of students, staff and school buildings through technology and equipment purchases.

“Safety for our children should always be a top priority,” said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. “Every parent should have the peace of mind that their children are receiving an education that allows them to achieve their dreams under the safest possible conditions.”

Grant recipients will have until June 1, 2020 to spend their awards.

Officials say priority was given to applicants who had not received school safety grant funding in the past.

View the full list of award recipients here.