Missouri Schools Receive Grants to Improve Security

Forty nine school districts received more than $400,000 in grants for training and security equipment upgrades.

The Missouri School Boards’ Association has awarded more than $400,000 in grants to 49 school districts in Missouri to support school safety related programs and initiatives.

The funding for this initiative was made possible through a legislative appropriation to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and administered by MSBA through its Missouri Center for Education Safety, the state’s school safety center. The CES provides comprehensive support to all schools in Missouri, through training, technical assistance, and other safety related initiatives.

In addition to the local school district grants, additional funds were provided to CES to support a comprehensive school safety program for Missouri. This money will support safety related training programs as well as technical assistance to schools on issues such as cyber security, counter-bullying, behavioral risk assessment, radicalization, and other school safety focus areas.

Some of the improvements include video surveillance, intercoms, two-way radios, fire alarm upgrades, lighting upgrades, crisis casualty kits, interior door reinforcement, security gates, window film, fences, bus cameras, tracking and accountability systems, visitor management, door locks, lockdown solutions, signage, mass notification and more.

To read the list of schools that have received grants, click here.

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