USV and Ridgemont Among 900 Ohio Schools Receiving School Safety Support
Written by WKTN Staff on February 2, 2023
(LAKEWOOD, Ohio)—Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that more than 900 additional schools will receive state funding support for physical safety and security upgrades as part of the latest round of Ohio’s K-12 School Safety Grant Program.
Governor DeWine made the announcement this morning while visiting Lakewood High School in Cuyahoga County, which is one of 945 schools that will receive a combined $68 million in grants as part of the fourth round of the program. A fifth round of funding will be announced in coming weeks.
A total of $112 million was allocated for the fourth and fifth rounds of the grant program by the Ohio General Assembly as part of House Bill 45, which was signed by Governor DeWine last month. The investment more than doubles the initial allotment of of $105 million for the program provided by Ohio’s operating budget and the American Rescue Plan Act.
“When we created the K-12 School Safety Grant Program, we expected that the need for funding would far exceed the amount of money available, but I vowed to go back to the legislature and ask for more,” said Governor DeWine. “Now, with the generous support of the Ohio General Assembly, I’m proud to announce that every single qualifying school that applied for a grant will receive funding.”
So far, a total of $173 million has been awarded to 2,374 Ohio K-12 schools to help pay for physical security expenses such as new security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting. Eligible schools could receive as much as $100,000 per building.
In Hardin County, Ridgemont will receive $85,144 and Upper Scioto Valley was awarded a total of $200,000.
The USV Elementary and High Schools will each receive $50,000 and the Middle School will get $100,000.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission is administering the program in partnership with the Ohio School Safety Center.
A fifth round of funding will be announced in coming weeks.
For the complete list of schools receiving funding this round, click: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/OHIOGOVERNOR/2023/02/01/file_attachments/2397616/Ohio%27s%20K-12%20School%20Safety%20Grants%20-%20R4.pdf