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Barrett applauds local schools receiving 2019 safety grants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Barrett on Friday congratulated area schools awarded state grants this week to make important safety improvements.

“Students deserve safe schools where they can be themselves, make new friends and focus on learning,” said Barrett, R-Charlotte. “The state has now invested $50 million into helping schools make necessary security upgrades to keep our students and teachers safe. I applaud these area schools for earning these competitive grants to help cover the cost of making these important safety improvements.”

In 2018, the state invested a total of $50 million into the Competitive School Safety Grant Program to help improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment and through school building safety assessments.

Last year, the Michigan State Police (MSP) awarded $25 million in grants from the program to 188 schools, school districts and regional education agencies throughout the state.

The MSP recently awarded another $25 million in grants. Schools in the 24th Senate District receiving grants are:
• Clinton County RESA — $43,790
• DeWitt Public Schools — $150,666
• Eaton Rapids Public Schools — $442,773
• Ovid-Elsie Area Schools — $257,872
• Potterville Public Schools — $149,844
• St. Gerard School, Delta Township — $47,626
• St. Johns Public Schools — $13,440
• St. Michael Catholic School, Grand Ledge — $26,980
• Webberville Community Schools — $47,167

A complete list of recipients is available at Click on the “General Grants School Safety” box.

According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), 366 applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the MSP, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools and other school safety professionals.