The law allows schools to use the grant money for a variety of things, including school resource officer training, safety and security materials and programs to identify and help students struggling with mental health issues.
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House Bill 318, which authorized the funding, requires participating schools to work with local law enforcement to determine the best use of the grant funding.
Kettering schools are eligible for $42,685 in safety funding. The amount varies from school to school and district to district based on size of enrollment. Every public, chartered nonpublic, and county board of developmental disabilities school was eligible for at least $2,500.
Of the hundreds of public, Catholic, charter and other schools the AG’s office said did not claim the funds (including more than two dozen locally), most were small schools that qualified for exactly $2,500. Those included Alter High School, Jefferson Twp. schools, the Dayton Islamic School, Dayton Leadership Academy and hundreds of others statewide.
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Dayton Public Schools, which qualified for a $75,082 grant, did not initially claim the funds, but is filing for the money during the extension period, according to Superintendent Elizabeth Lolli. Vandalia-Butler City Schools is also in the process of claiming its $16,051 grant, spokeswoman Anaka Johnson said this week.
Dozens of local schools did claim the funds in the first window. Centerville, Beavercreek, Springboro and Huber Heights each got more than $30,000, while Yellow Springs, Newton, the CityDay charter school and St. Charles in Kettering each filed to claim grants of less than $5,000.
Schools with questions about the grants can email SchoolSafetyGrants@OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or call 614-466-6963.
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