$6M+ in state funding is en route to Dayton region schools

The fifth round of Ohio's K-12 School Safety Grant Program has been announced and more than 100 regional schools will get a share of funds. The program is designed to help schools improve safety and security measures.

$6M+ in state funding is en route to Dayton region schools

As the local schools near the end of the school year, they will receive funding for school safety initiatives. Dayton will get its fair share in the latest round.

Mike DeWine announced recently that 624 schools in Ohio will receive more than 48 million dollars for upgrades to physical security and safety as part of Ohio's latest round of K-12 School Safety Grant Program.

The funding will be distributed to more than 100 schools in the Dayton area. This is about 13.6%.

DeWine stated that "our educators are deeply concerned about the safety and security of Ohio students as demonstrated by the thousands schools who came forward with solid plans for improvement that they plan to implement with the funding." DeWine said, "The safety of our children is the most important thing. With today's announcement every school that qualified for a grant, including schools from all 88 counties, has received at least one grant."

The total funding for this program is now more than $215,000,000. This round of funding will serve 2,789 schools. The K-12 School Safety Grant program provides funding to schools for physical security costs, including new security cameras and public address systems. It also helps with automatic door locks, visitor badge systems, exterior lighting, and automatic door locks.

The fifth round is broken down by county. The article concludes with a rough breakdown of the 105 funded schools.

Greene County – Two grants totaling $30,000.

The K-12 School Safety Grant Program, one of several initiatives and programs designed to reduce violent crimes and improve mental health services in the state, includes enhancing school safety and encouraging student wellbeing as well as strengthening mental health workers. The program's funding came from Ohio's operating budget as well as allocations made by the American Rescue Plan Act.