Columbus, Ohio – Around 100 schools in Ohio will receive over $4 million through an initiative to increase the safety of students on school grounds.
Ohio’s K-12 School Safety Grant Program provided $4.8 million that will be shared with 98 schools in 27 countries, according to Gov. Mike DeWine.
State officials said they strongly believe the money handed out to schools would create a safer and more secure environment for students.
Security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, and visitor badge systems are just a few of the things that will be paid for with this money.
15 schools from the Miami Valley are among the schools that will receive these funds, including: Fairbrook Elementary, Herman K. Ankeney Middle School, Main Elementary, Parkwood Elementary, Shaw Elementary, and Valley Elementary, all from Greene County; Mercer Education Service Center from Mercer County; Bradford Elementary from Miami County; Centerville Primary South Elementary, Driscoll Elementary, Hadley E. Watts Middle School, Magsig Middle School, Tower Heights Middle School, Dayton Tech Design High School, and DLA-Dayton View Campus, all from Montgomery County.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and the Ohio School Safety Center work together to manage the grant program.
According to Cheryl J. Lyman, Executive Director of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission, “School safety is largely about prevention and planning, and these grants will help schools increase their efforts. We appreciate the Ohio legislature providing the funding and look forward to their continued support as we work to assist more schools across the state in the future.”