169 Missouri Schools Receive Safety Grants

The grants can pay for door locks, monitoring systems, bleeding control kits, and automatic external defibrillators.

169 Missouri Schools Receive Safety Grants

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Jefferson City, Missouri — Governor Mike Parson announced on Monday that 169 school districts and charter schools have received grants from the newly created School Safety Grant Program.

The grant program aims to support school safety improvements, including physical security upgrades and associated technology in school facilities (e.g., door locks, monitoring systems), bleeding control kits, and automatic external defibrillators. The $20 million grant was part of Governor Parson’s Fiscal Year 2023 early supplemental budget request. Governor Parson’s Fiscal Year 2024 budget proposal includes an additional $50 million for the program, if approved by the General Assembly.

School districts and charter schools applied to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) through a competitive grant application process for a maximum grant amount of $900,000 for districts/schools with the largest student populations.

The districts receiving the highest grant awards include:

  • Mexico 59: $250,000
  • Joseph: $600,000
  • Boonville R-I: $200,000
  • Kennett 39: $200,000
  • Clair R-XIII: $250,000
  • Mountain View – Birch Tree R-III: $196,000
  • Fort Osage R-I: $398,200
  • Oak Grove R-VI: $250,000
  • Guadalupe Centers Schools: $200,000
  • Carthage R-IX: $400,000
  • Webb City R-VII: $400,000
  • Northwest R-I: $450,000
  • Festus R-VI: $350,000
  • Desoto 73: $250,000
  • Auror R-VIII: $200,000
  • Chillicothe R-II: $200,000
  • East Newton CO. R-VI: $200,000
  • Seneca R-VII: $200,000
  • Sedalia 200: $352,490
  • James R-I: $200,000
  • Bolivar R-I: $299,880
  • North St. Francois Co. R-I: $300,000
  • Jennings: $250,000
  • Riverview Gardens: $400,000
  • Marshall: $200,000
  • Potosi R-III: $244,402
  • Mountain Grove R-III: $200,000
  • Kipp St. Louise Public Schools: $250,000

The complete list of grant recipients can be found here.

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Robin Hattersley Gray

Robin has been covering the security and campus law enforcement industries since 1998 and is a specialist in school, university and hospital security, public safety and emergency management, as well as emerging technologies and systems integration. She joined CS in 2005 and has authored award-winning editorial on campus law enforcement and security funding, officer recruitment and retention, access control, IP video, network integration, event management, crime trends, the Clery Act, Title IX compliance, sexual assault, dating abuse, emergency communications, incident management software and more. Robin has been featured on national and local media outlets and was formerly associate editor for the trade publication Security Sales & Integration. She obtained her undergraduate degree in history from California State University, Long Beach.

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