COLUMBUS, Ohio — $4.8 million in grants have been awarded to nearly 100 schools throughout Ohio in the state’s K-12 School Safety Grant Program “to help them improve the overall safety and security of their buildings.”
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s office announced details Thursday morning that the 98 schools within 27 counties can use the money to implement safety upgrades. The funding can be used to cover expenses associated with security enhancements like cameras, automatic door locks, public address systems and visitor badging systems.
Those getting the grant money include 19 schools in Cuyahoga County, seven in Lorain County and two in Summit County. You can see the full list of recipients and how much money each school is getting in the document at the bottom of this page.
“I care deeply about every child in Ohio, and this will help ensure that more students are learning in an environment where they can feel safe and secure,” Gov. DeWine said. “Today's kids are tomorrow's leaders, and we applaud the school districts that are proactively looking for ways to protect both their students and staff."
The grant program, which was first launched by the Ohio School Safety Center in 2021, is funded through an appropriation in Senate Bill 310.
Additional grant money is also being given to 27 different higher education institutions through the state to fund security enhancements on campus. These include:
- Kent State University: $210,400
- University of Akron: $430,000
- Lorain County Community College: $155,0350
- Stark State College: $170,100
- Youngstown State University: $118,528
- Lakeland Community College: $117,168
- Ohio State University: $369,900
Check the full list of grant money going to higher education institutions HERE.
Below is the complete list of each K-12 school receiving the grant money:
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