Sen. Jones congratulates area schools receiving safety grants

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Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Rick Jones on Thursday congratulated area school districts that were recently awarded funds from the state’s Competitive School Safety Grant Program.

“This is about safer schools and safer kids,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “We owe it to every Michigan student that we do everything we can to ensure they have a safe place to learn the skills needed to achieve the American dream — and many school have already made these critical investments. These grants are part of a comprehensive approach to protecting all our students and providing them a positive environment for learning.”

The Legislature dedicated $25 million in the state budget to provide grants to 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 24th Senate District awarded grants by the Michigan State Police are:
• Bellevue High School — $22,639
• Corunna Public Schools — $123,407
• Durand Area Schools — $118,858
• New Lothrop Area Public Schools — $250,000
• Owosso Public Schools — $164,794
• Pewamo-Westphalia Community Schools — $64,820
• St. Mary School, Charlotte — $24,860
• Williamston Community Schools — $110,222

A complete list of recipients is available at 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.