Runestad applauds Novi schools for receiving safety grant

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Runestad on Tuesday congratulated the Novi Community School District for recently earning a state grant to make important safety improvements.

“As we continue to work to ensure all Michigan students receive an education that prepares them for success, we must also ensure that they have safe schools where they can learn,” said Runestad, R-White Lake. “Michigan has now invested $50 million into enhancing school safety. I applaud the Novi Community School District for earning this competitive grant, which will help them upgrade security and keep students safe.”

In 2018, the state invested a total of $50 million into the Competitive School Safety Grant Program to help improve the safety and security of school buildings through the purchase of technology and equipment and through school building safety assessments.

The Michigan State Police (MSP) last year awarded $25 million in grants from the program, and the MSP recently awarded another $25 million in grants, including a $51,492 grant to the Novi Community School District.

A complete list of recipients is available at www.michigan.gov/cjgrants. Click on the “General Grants School Safety” box.

According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), 366 applications were reviewed by a committee that included representatives from the MSP, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools and other school safety professionals.

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