COLUMBUS —Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville) today announced the approval of $12 million in grants to make Ohio school buildings safer.

The creation of the School Security Grant program is intended to address specific school safety needs across the state. 

“I am hopeful that this added funding will bolster the efforts of our schools as they continue to ensure public schools are a safe place to learn for all Ohio students,” said Manning.

The current state budget authorizes the reimbursement of up to $2,000 to public schools for an emergency radio system or Multi-Agency Radio Communications System to be located at the schools main entrance.  An additional $5,000 may be reimbursed for the purchase of security systems consisting of security cameras, intercoms, and remote access equipment for entrances at each eligible school.  

“While no singular program is the answer to addressing this complex issue, the MARCS program will help facilitate a mechanism for schools to communicate with first responders in times of emergency,” Manning said.

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