Gov. Nixon announces $500,000 in school safety funding
JEFFERSON CITY - Local schools will be working to improve and design new emergency plans after Governor Jay Nixon announced the state will be receiving a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
The $500,485 grant will be financed by the Grants to States for School Emergency Management Grant Program. All 50 states are expected to get funding from the program's $29,100,000 budget. Each grant provides funding for 18 months.
"Missouri school children deserve the safest and most secure schools possible so they can concentrate on learning and building brighter futures for themselves and our state," Gov. Nixon said. "By investing this grant funding at the local level and allowing schools to work directly with the local response agencies that would respond in their communities, we'll help make this important planning as responsive as possible."
The grant will be implemented by the Missouri Center for Education in collaboration with Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The director of the Center for Education Safety, Paul Fennewald, says grant will improve coordination between school districts and regional agencies during emergency response situations.