Stamas applauds local schools receiving 2019 safety grants

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Friday congratulated area schools awarded grants this week from the state’s 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program.

“A safe and secure school environment is critical to our effort to provide all Michigan students with an education that prepares them for success,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “While many of our schools have already made the necessary safety improvements, these grants are the next step in ensuring that every school has the enhanced security needed to keep our students and teachers safe.”

In 2018, the Michigan Legislature invested a total of $50 million into the grant program to help improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment and through school building safety assessments.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) in October awarded $25 million in grants to 188 schools, school districts and regional education agencies throughout the state — including schools in Alcona, Alpena, Coleman, Gaylord, Gladwin, Midland, Mio and Sanford.

On Wednesday, the MSP awarded another $25 million in grants. Schools in the 36th Senate District receiving grants are:
• Alpena-Montmorency-Alcona Educational Service District — $85,951
• Beaverton Rural Schools — $88,638
• Saint Brigid Catholic School, Midland — $23,837
• Tawas Area Schools — $52,968

A complete list of recipients is available at Click on the “General Grants School Safety” box.

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.