MN had $25M to spend on school safety. Here’s how east-metro schools benefited.

Oct 21, 2019 by

As Minnesota considers how to spend money for school safety, the Pioneer Press looked at how $25 million in grants were awarded last year.

After a string of school shootings across the country, the Minnesota Legislature created a $25 million grant in 2018 for school security upgrades.

The response: More than 1,000 schools asked for more than $250 million for their projects. The state used a lottery system to weed that down to 123 schools across 90 districts.

As the state now considers how to spend a larger pot of money for school safety, the Pioneer Press looked at how that $25 million will be spent.

So where is the money going? Here is what we found out:

ENTRYWAYS AND COMMUNICATIONS

The money was focused on physical upgrades, like secured entrances and improved communication systems. Half of the grant went outside the 11-county metropolitan area. No single building could get more than $500,000.

St. Paul Public Schools requested nearly $8 million. The district got $550,000 across four buildings, half a million of which went to Frost Lake Elementary for an improved entryway. The district requested more than $2 million for that project alone. Journeys, Parkway and Randolph Heights schools got money for communications upgrades.

Entryway security could include things like bulletproof glass, door alarms or major structural changes that put the front office near an entry. Communications could include emergency notification equipment for staff and first responders, such as portable radios.

Grant requests for nearly 60 St. Paul schools were unfulfilled.

Harry Algyer, manager in St. Paul Public Schools’ Office of Security and Emergency Management, said the portable radios are important for day-to-day operations, such as recess supervision.

Source: MN had $25M to spend on school safety. Here’s how east-metro schools benefited. – Twin Cities

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