November 27, 2018 11:13 PM
A release said the grants are meant to be used for security and violence prevention improvements at 123 buildings across the state. The funds can be used to pre-design, design, construct, furnish or equip school facilities.
5 EYEWITNESS NEWS reached out to several districts that did not receive funding, and many said they were disappointed with the outcome.
The MDE said it received a total of 1,187 completed applications, requesting a total of $255.5 million - more than 10 times the funding available.
"Students and teachers clearly need more support to ensure our kids are safe," Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius said in a statement in the release.
"When we have more than 1,000 schools asking for over $250 million in funding to secure their buildings, we must respond with urgency. The school safety grants announced today only scratch the surface. A more comprehensive approach, including efforts to improve school climate, expand mental health services, and enact common-sense gun safety measures is needed."
Updated: November 27, 2018 11:13 PM
Created: October 01, 2018 01:53 PM
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