Sen. Emmons salutes area schools receiving safety grants

Sen. Judy Emmons

Sen. Judy Emmons

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

“Making sure our school children have safe learning environments is a responsibility that I take seriously and is one we all share,” said Emmons, R-Sheridan. “With these grants, school districts here and throughout the state will be better able to continue ongoing efforts to improve building security and emergency preparedness and provide productive places 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 33rd Senate District awarded grants by the Michigan State Police are:
• Ashley Community Schools — $17,153
• Clare-Gladwin REDA, Clare — $59,850
• Fulton Schools — $34,651
• Gratiot Isabella RESA, Ithaca — $20,365
• Greenville Public Schools — $179,500
• Montabella Community Schools, Edmore — $164,424
• Sacred Heart Academy, Mt. Pleasant — $24,000

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.