Sen. Ruth Johnson announces area schools receiving 2019 safety grants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Ruth Johnson on Friday congratulated area schools that were awarded state grants this week to make important safety improvements.

“All children deserve to feel safe and be safe at school,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “Many of our local schools have already made important safety upgrades to protect students and teachers. These new grants will allow additional school buildings to improve security at our places of learning.”

On Wednesday, the MSP awarded $25 million in grants from the Competitive School Safety Grant Program. Schools in the 14th Senate District receiving grants are:
• Fenton Area Public Schools — $96,736
• Grand Blanc Community Schools — $243,838
• Holy Family School, Grand Blanc — $61,588
• St. Matthew Lutheran School, Waterford — $27,465
• Waterford School District — $217,020

A complete list of recipients is available at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants. Click on the “General Grants School Safety” box.

“I applaud these schools and school districts for all of their work to protect our students,” Johnson said. “I was proud to see so many schools from our community selected for these competitive grants.”

According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), 366 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 and other school safety professionals.

Since 2018, the state has invested a total of $50 million into the Competitive School Safety Grant Program to help improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment as well as through school building safety assessments.

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