Zorn salutes area schools receiving safety grants

Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

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

“Michigan children deserve to have safe schools where they can learn the skills they need to succeed and be productive citizens,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “While many schools have already made vital safety improvements, these competitive grants are part of a continuing effort to protect our students. In addition to this funding, the Senate has approved comprehensive, commonsense reforms to keep our students safe.”

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 17th Senate District awarded grants by the Michigan State Police are:
• Clinton Community Schools District — $102,000
• Hudson Area Schools — $140,950
• Ida Public Schools — $55,043
• Monroe Public Schools — $168,583
• Onstead Community Schools — $187,610

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.