Safety grants awarded to schools


COLUMBUS — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine last week awarded more than $42 million to support physical safety and security upgrades at hundreds of Ohio schools.

Among those schools awarded funds were Brookville Elementary School, which will receive $130,765 and Twin Valley South Elementary, Middle and High Schools, which will each receive $150,000.

A total of 624 schools will receive funding as part of the fifth round of Ohio’s K-12 School Safety Grant Program. This new round of funding brings the total number of schools served by this program to 2,789 and the total amount of funding awarded to more than $215 million.

“Our educators care deeply about the safety of Ohio students, as evidenced by the thousands of schools that came forward with solid security improvement plans that they intend to carry out with this funding,” said Governor DeWine. “There is nothing more important than the safety of our kids, and with today’s announcement, every qualifying school that applied for a grant has now received at least one award, including schools in all 88 counties.”

Governor DeWine partnered with the Ohio General Assembly to launch the K-12 School Safety Grant Program in 2021. The program was created to help schools pay for physical security expenses such as new security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission administered the program in partnership with the Ohio School Safety Center. The program was funded through Ohio’s operating budget and with allocations from the American Rescue Plan Act.

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