School Safety Grants For Osseo and Robbinsdale Districts
The Minnesota Department of Education recently announced $25 million dollars in safety grants. More than 120 schools will split the money. Two school districts in our area are receiving grants. Four schools in the Osseo District will received a total of more than $500,000 in grants. Meanwhile, Robbinsdale schools will receive $182,730 dollars. Robbinsdale will use all of their money to make Sandburg middle school safer.
Principal John Groenke says he was overjoyed when he heard the news.
“Our families trust us every single day to take care of their kids and that’s what we’re here to do. So, I was excited and happy that we’re going to make some improvements to Sandburg so we can keep kids safe.”
Sandburg Middle School To-Do List
There are about 570 students at the school and administrators say it’s a top goal to keep them safe. Officials at Sandburg say the money will be used to improve entryways, so they can see who is coming and going. The plan is to also add card readers, door alarms and more security cameras. The district is also installing digital radio systems to help better communicate with golden valley police.
“There more than two-way radios a number of channels, so if we want to talk directly with police department or talk directly with us, there is a channel set aside for that and communication is extremely important, especially in any kind of emergency because they’re the people coming in to help us take care of our kids,” explained Director of Operations and Student Safety Lowell Holtz.
The money will also be used for violence prevention improvements. School officials submitted grant applications for every school in the district, and Sandburg was randomly chosen.
The funds will be implemented fall of 2019.