Ohio awards $4.8 million in school safety improvement grants

Governor DeWine Announces $4.8 Million for K-12 School Safety and Security Upgrades

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine last week awarded $4.8 million in grants to nearly 100 Ohio schools to help them improve the overall safety and security of their buildings.

Ninety-eight schools in 27 counties will implement safety improvements with funding from Ohio’s K-12 School Safety Grant Program. Governor DeWine launched the program through the Ohio School Safety Center to help local schools with costly safety upgrades to their buildings.

“I care deeply about every child in Ohio, and this will help ensure that more students learn in an environment where they can feel safe,” Governor DeWine said. “Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders, and we applaud school districts that are proactively looking for ways to protect both their students and staff.”

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The funds will be used to cover expenses associated with physical security upgrades such as security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks and visitor badge systems.

The Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program is administered by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) in partnership with the Ohio School Safety Center. The program is funded by an appropriation in Senate Bill 310 of 133rd General Assembly.

“School safety is largely about prevention and planning, and these grants will help schools step up their efforts,” said OFCC CEO Cheryl J. Lyman. “We appreciate the Ohio Legislature who provided the funding and look forward to their continued support as we work to help more schools across the state in the future.”

The K-12 School Safety Grant Program is one of two new school safety programs first launched by the Ohio School Safety Center in 2021. As part of the grants for campus security, 27 higher education institutions in Ohio have also received grants to fund security improvements. on their campuses.

Governor DeWine established the Ohio School Safety Center in 2019. It is housed in the Ohio Homeland Security Division of the Ohio Department of Public Safety and works to help schools, colleges and local universities and law enforcement agencies to prevent, prepare and respond. to threats and acts of violence, including self-harm, through a holistic, solution-focused approach to improving school safety.