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Rep. Lightbody announces $10 million for school security upgrades

June 17, 2021
Mary Lightbody News

State Rep. Mary Lightbody (D-Westerville) today announced the Ohio School Safety Center will award $10 million in grants to fund security enhancements at K-12 public schools and institutions of higher education in Ohio. 

“I welcome today’s announcement that grant funds established during the last General Assembly are now available to for K-12 public schools and institutions of higher education. Every student of any age deserves to feel safe when they go to school so that they may focus their attention on their studies. As an educator, I appreciate the challenges that school districts and universities face regarding security and encourage them to apply for these grants,” said Rep. Lightbody.

The 2021 Campus Safety Grant Program will award $5 million to qualifying public colleges and universities for improvements to physical security on their campuses. The 2021 K-12 Safety Grant Program will award an additional $5 million to qualifying public K-12 schools for similar school safety expenses.

Both grant programs were created by Senate Bill (SB) 310 of the 133rd General Assembly, which all Democrats supported. 

To learn more about these grants and how to apply, click here.