COLUMBUS, Ohio — More than 700 K-12 schools in Ohio will share in $57.8 million for security upgrades in the latest grants awarded through a state program.
The 708 schools in 57 counties are getting up to $100,000 each for “physical security expenses” such as new security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems and exterior lighting.
"We are being proactive in keeping our schools safe in Ohio. Student and staff safety is paramount,” said Gov. Mike DeWine in a statement. “These safety grants are helping schools create environments that are secure and welcoming for teachers and their students."
The program was launched last year with an initial $5 million, then expanded with $100 million in grants this year.
In August, the state awarded $47 million to over 1,100 schools, but some declined the funding at that point, leaving that total at $42.2 million. The difference was included in the newest round of grants.
In May, DeWine announced plans to provide more money for school security upgrades in the days after the deadly school shooting in Uvalde, Texas. This year's grants are supported by federal pandemic relief funding the state received through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Here are among some of the notable grants coming to Northeast Ohio schools:
- Cleveland Metropolitan School District - $2.4 million to 24 schools
- Cleveland Heights/University Heights School District - $1 million to 10 schools
- Solon City Schools: $625,000 to seven schools
- Cuyahoga Falls City Schools - $516,083 to nine schools
- Copley Schools: $500,000 to five schools
- Sheffield/Sheffield Lake City School District - $470,000 to five schools
- Perry Local Schools (Stark) - $400,000 to four schools
So what other schools in Northeast Ohio are getting the money? Check the document below to see if your child's school is on the list…