Four area schools were among those statewide to receive grant money for safety upgrades.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Tuesday that 150 awards were made to 57 local school districts, 14 intermediate school districts, 40 nonpublic schools, and 39 public school academies for $10 million in state funding from the Competitive School Safety Grant Program (CSSGP). The grants will go toward the purchase of equipment and/or technology to improve the safety and security of school buildings, students, and staff.
Among the local schools receiving grants were Whitmore Lake Public Schools which will get $126,455; Light of The World Academy in Pinckney, which will receive $43,500; Flextech High School in Brighton, which gets $42,588 and St. Mary Catholic School in Pinckney, which will receive $2,500.
Grant applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the Michigan State Police (MSP), Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, Michigan Emergency Management Association, charter schools and school security personnel.
Grant recipients have until July 1, 2023, to spend their awards
The CSSGP is administered by the Office of School Safety within the MSP Grants and Community Services Division. With this year’s awards, over $66 million in school safety funding has been awarded to schools and school districts since 2015.