COLUMBUS—State Senator Jay Hottinger
(R-Newark) is encouraging districts to take advantage of a new grant opportunity to improve safety and security in local schools.
The program was created in House Bill 318
which was passed by the Ohio Senate earlier this year. Each school that applies for this particular grant will receive the greater of $2,500 or $5.65 per student to spend toward school safety programs and training. It can be used for, but is not limited to, school resource certification training, active shooter and school safety training, as well as training to identify and assist students with mental health issues.
"My colleagues in the Ohio Senate and I are dedicated to ensuring our schools are the safest they can be, and we are making every effort to protect what we hold most dear," said Hottinger. "I am proud of what we have accomplished through initiatives like House Bill 318. I strongly urge our school districts to complete their application before November 1 and utilize these dollars to further protect our children."
The full list detailing how much money is allocated to each district or school can be accessed by clicking here
The deadline to apply is November 1, 2018, and the full application is available here
. For more information on other school safety initiatives in Ohio, please visit https://saferschools.ohio.gov/