Stamas salutes area schools receiving over $2M in safety grants

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

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

“We owe it to our children to help provide them with a safe and secure environment to learn and succeed,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “Thankfully, many of our schools have already made critical school safety improvements necessary to keep our students and teachers safe. These grants are part of an ongoing effort to ensure all our schools have the enhanced security necessary to provide a productive place 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 36th Senate District awarded grants by the Michigan State Police are:
• Alcona Community Schools — $247,519
• Alpena Public Schools — $91,523
• Coleman Community Schools — $248,597
• Gaylord Community Schools — $611,741
• Gladwin Community Schools — $24,481
• Iosco RESA, Tawas City — $27,806
• Meridian Public Schools, Sanford — $581,888
• Midland Public Schools — $204,603
• Mio AuSable Schools — $16,600
• St. Mary Cathedral School, Gaylord — $25,000

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.