The state of Michigan is distributing $25 million to schools to help them pay for security upgrades in their buildings.
The Michigan State Police said in a news release that the grants will be doled out to 114 public school districts, 42 non-public schools, 22 public charter schools, and 10 Intermediate School Districts or Regional Education Services Agencies.
The money will enable schools to purchase equipment or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students and staff.
“These grants are part of the proactive approach the state is taking to help prevent tragedies in our schools and provide for the safe learning environment that our kids need and deserve,” says Gov. Rick Snyder. “A multifaceted approach is necessary to keep our schools safe and these grants are a component of the comprehensive effort to keep Michigan school children safe.”
Schools submitted $69 million in requests; 407 applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the State Police, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, school security personnel and the Executive Office of the Governor.
“The Competitive School Safety Grant Program will provide the resources needed by many schools throughout our state to ensure students have a safe learning environment,” said State Police Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. “The review committee gave priority to proposals that sought to secure access points at school buildings, as it is considered one of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve school safety and security.”