Schools receive nearly $1 million in safety grants

Schools receive nearly $1 million in safety grants
This is the image for the news article titled Schools receive nearly $1 million in safety grantsOn Oct. 1 three Faribault Public School buildings had their applications accepted for School Safety Grants through the Minnesota Department of Education.

The MDE will make $25 million worth of one-time grants to 123 school buildings across the state to “predesign, design, construct, furnish, and equip school facilities for improvements related to violence prevention and facility security.” It received 1,187 applications, requesting $255 million.

“Students and teachers clearly need more support to ensure our kids are safe,” said Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius. “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.”

Lincoln Elementary will receive $492,225. Jefferson Elementary will receive $447,725. Faribault High School will receive $101,500. The final grant award values will be determined after recipients get complete bids from contractors.

The Minnesota Department of Education, in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Minnesota School Safety Center, determined grant eligibility based on project priority, with half of the grant funds available to schools outside of the 11-county metropolitan area. High-priority projects included improvements to exterior entry security, such as access controls, keyless entry systems, door locking and glass integrity, door alarm systems, and structure changes to main entrances. Additions or improvements to communication systems, such as electronic emergency notification systems for staff and first responders, were also considered high-priority projects.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Faribault Schools to provide secure entrances and other safety features at three more of our schools. We will continue to explore options to provide the same level of safety for all of our buildings,” FPS Director of Finance and Operations Jennifer Walsh said.
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