State Reps. Joe Bellino and Jason Sheppard this week welcomed the announcement of $25 million in grants to improve school building safety across Michigan, including money specifically for schools in Monroe County and southern Wayne County.
Both legislators have voted in favor of school safety initiatives in the state Legislature, including approval of the money for the grants announced this week by the Michigan State Police. The grants will help schools buy equipment and technology to improve building security.
“There isn’t anything more important than protecting our kids, and these grants will help make school buildings more secure,” said Bellino, of Monroe. “It’s a positive, much-needed step.”
Sheppard agreed, adding the grants are part of a multifaceted approach to improve school security.
“We must take a proactive, comprehensive approach to creating a safer learning environment for our children – and these grants are an important advancement in that process,” said Sheppard, of Temperance.
Some of the grant recipients in the region include Monroe Public Schools ($168,583), Ida Public Schools ($55,043 with a match requirement) and Gibraltar School District ($34,044).
Overall, the Department of State Police awarded $25 million divided among more than 180 schools and districts across Michigan.
Note: A complete list of school safety grants is available on this Michigan State Police website: