COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
Columbia Public Schools and the Jefferson City School District were among the few schools to get the maximum amount of funding from the latest round of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education School Safety Grants.
CPS and JCSD each received $300,000 for school safety improvements. Fulton Public schools was another area school that received a sizable grant this round with $200,000. Southern Boone also received $200,000. Grants were given to public and private schools.
“Improving the safety and security of our schools is an issue we can all support, and these grants help ensure our schools remain safe environments for Missouri children to learn,” Gov. Mike Parson said in a Monday press release. “While threats of violence are something we never want to see in our classrooms, we must be prepared and have proper resources and response plans in place. This second round of school safety grants continues our commitment to doing just that and helping keep kids safe.”
According to a Monday press release from the governor’s office, 556 schools in total received the grants this time around. Nearly 170 districts received funding from the first round of applications in May.
CPS and JCSD were two of 28 schools to receive the maximum dollar amount.
According to previous reporting, CPS had requested the full amount for several upgrades, including:
- $122,000 - For building access management system to identify and track school visitors entering buildings allowing for more comprehensive school visitor management.
- $50,000 - For audio/video buzz-in systems equipment upgrades, including audio/video buzz-in systems provide access to facilities.
- $10,000 - Additional security cameras to upgrade image quality and provide additional coverage for blind spot areas.
- $118,000 - For hardened ballistic doors for building entry points beyond established secure vestibule single entry points.
The awarded grants are funded on a reimbursement basis, meaning local education agencies and private schools must submit payment requests after expenditures have occurred, according to previous reporting.
Several Mid-Missouri schools received funding this round, including:
Centralia -- $150,000
Hallsville -- $150,000
Harrisburg R-8 -- $100,000
Christian Fellowship School -- $50,000
Sturgeon R-5 -- $50,000
Our Lady of Lourdes -- $49,856
Stephens Children’s School –$20,268
JEFFERSON CITY/COLE COUNTY
Immaculate Conception -- $50,000
St. Francis Xavier School --$18,500
St. Josephs School -- $8,950
St. Martins School -- $ 35,630
St. Peters School -- $50,000
Trinity Lutheran School -- $50,000
Cole County R-1 (Russellville) -- $100,000
Cole County R-5 (Eugene) -- $100,000
South Callaway -- $100,000
North Callaway -- $150,000
ST. PIUS X SCHOOL; MOBERLY -- $18,740
Northeast Randolph County R-4 (Cairo) -- $20,250
St. Peter & Paul School in Boonville -- $50,000
Cooper County R-4 (Bunceton) -- $50,000
MORE AREA SCHOOLS
Cole Camp R-1 -- $100,000
Fayette R-3 -- 100,000
View all the rewarded schools and districts in the list below: