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Detroit Lakes Among Numerous Area Schools Awarded Thousands of Dollars For Security Projects

Detroit Lakes Among Numerous Area Schools Awarded Thousands of Dollars For Security Projects Click to Enlarge

DETROIT LAKES, MN--A number of area school districts were among 90 Minnesota public schools districts or charter schools awarded school safety grants to be used for security and violence prevention improvements at 123 building sites across the state. Detroit Lakes School District was awarded a total of $369,526 for Rossman Elementary School. $354,000 of that will go toward securing entrances and $15,500 is for communication systems. Other area districts awarded Department of Education Safety Grants include Rothsay who received a total of $23,601.44 ($16,460 for secure entrances and $14,600 for communications); Waubun-Ogema-White Earth received a total of $318,000 ($272,755 for secure entrances and $46,000 for communications); Henning School District receives $77,388 for secure entrances. Perham-New York Mills also receives $415,000 for projects at the elementary and high schools.

The funds may be used to pre-design, design, construct, furnish and equip school facilities, including renovating and expanding existing buildings. The Minnesota Department of Education received a total of 1,187 complete applications, requesting $255.5 million—more than 10 times the available amount of funding.

Funding will be used to make security and violence-prevention improvements to school districts and charter schools across the state

Districts were able to submit separate grant applications for each building. Due to the large number of applications received, high-priority projects submitted on the first day were assigned random numbers to determine the order of funding up to the available $25 million. The final grant award values will be determined after recipients get complete bids from contractors. Schools were able to apply with qualifying projects for up to $500,000 per building. The Minnesota Department of Education, in consultation with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Minnesota School Safety Center, determined grant eligibility based on project priority, with half of the grant funds available to schools outside of the 11-county metropolitan area. High-priority projects included improvements to exterior entry security, such as access controls, keyless entry systems, door locking and glass integrity, door alarm systems, and structure changes to main entrances. Additions or improvements to communication systems, such as electronic emergency notification systems for staff and first responders, were also considered high-priority projects.

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