ST. PARIS – Through a February press release, Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Graham Local Schools received $300,000 in School Safety Grants to enhance safety across the district. Each school in the district (Graham Elementary, Graham Middle School and Graham High School) received $100,000 of restricted funding to increase safety measures in the district.
Ohio Safety Grants are a type of funding program that provides financial support to public schools, colleges, and universities in Ohio to improve the safety and security of their campuses. The grants are provided by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. They are intended to help institutions implement measures to prevent and respond to various safety issues.
School Safety and Security Grant provides funding for purchasing equipment and making physical improvements to enhance the safety and security of school buildings.
The Ohio Safety Grants program is intended to support institutions in providing a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff.
To this point, $173 million has been awarded to more than 2,300 schools across the state. The money helps pay for physical security expenses such as new security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting.
A detailed plan was submitted with applying for the competitive grant that will be followed to increase safety and security across all three buildings.
“Safety and security will always be a number one priority in the district,” according to a statement from Graham officials.