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Jackson County Intermediate School District awarded portion of multi-million dollar statewide grant to improve school safety

Jackson, Mich. – The Jackson County Intermediate School District is among several mid-Michigan school districts awarded a portion of a $25 million Michigan State Police School Safety Grant.

The Jackson County ISD will get $67,579 to help fund projects like installing new video surveillance and improving building entrances at the Jackson Area Career Center, among other things.

“We are very pleased to receive this grant to continue to upgrade our facilities to make them safe and secure for the students we serve,” said Jackson County Intermediate School District Superintendent Kevin Oxley. 

In total, more than $69 million was requested in 407 applications submitted. Other districts served by the JCISD that were awarded some of the $25 million include Concord, East Jackson, Hanover-Horton, Jackson Public Schools, Lumen Christi, Michigan Center, Queens, St. John's, St. Mary's & Western.

“The Competitive School Safety Grant Program will provide the resources needed by many schools throughout our state to ensure students have a safe learning environment,” said MSP Director Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue said in press release. “The review committee gave priority to proposals that sought to secure access points at school buildings, as it is considered one of the best and most cost-effective ways to improve school safety and security.”

The review committee was made up of representatives from the MSP, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Michigan Sheriffs’ Association, Michigan Department of Education, Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools, school security personnel and the Executive Office of the Governor.

For a complete list of all the schools awarded, click here.

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