LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos on Friday congratulated area schools that have been awarded over $1.4 million in grants to make important safety improvements.
“A safe school environment is critical to student success. If kids are worried about their safety in the classroom, it is nearly impossible for them to focus on learning,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “Many Southwest Michigan schools have already made critical school safety improvements to keep our children safe, and these grants are another step in an ongoing effort to ensure all our schools are able to provide a secure and productive learning environment.
“These schools will now be able to invest in new technology and safety equipment to improve student safety, and I hope this program continues to help even more schools.”
The Legislature dedicated $25 million in the state budget for 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.
The funding was part of a $58 million investment in school safety initiatives, which also included support to improve access to mental health programs and enhance the state’s OK2SAY confidential tip-line program.
Schools in the 21st Senate District awarded grants by the Michigan State Police are:
• Benton Harbor Area Schools — $928,725
• Benton Harbor Charter School Academy — $21,590
• Berrien RESA, Berrien Springs — $22,355
• Berrien Springs Public Schools — $70,890
• Brandywine Community Schools — $228,741
• Countryside Academy, Benton Harbor — $23,726
• Marcellus Community Schools — $75,657
• Michigan Lutheran High School, St. Joseph — $23,396
• Milfred C. Wells Academy, Benton Harbor — $7,460
• Sodus Township School District — $11,699
A complete list of recipients is available at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants. Click on School Safety.
According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), 407 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, school security personnel and the Executive Office of the Governor.
Editor’s note: Audio comments by Proos are available at www.SenatorJohnProos.com/Audio.