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Student safety comes first in Michigan State Police security grant

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Caledonia Public Schools has been selected as one of 48 districts to receive additional funds from the 2018 Competitive School Safety Grant from the Michigan State Police.

With the grant of $82,420 — which requires a match from Caledonia — the district will use the money for various security upgrades in each building over the next two years. The district was one of several in the area to receive security grants.

“We have taken several steps in our last bond to make our buildings safer for students and staff,” Caledonia Superintendent Dedrick Martin said. “However, as we continue to learn from unfortunate tragedies around the country, we try to reevaluate what we can do to keep our schools safe.”

After district administrators worked together to look at school security this year, they decided that the grant was an ideal situation to move forward with plans that were already being developed, Martin said.

“We will continue work on upgrading security features with our school building entries, upgrading communication systems in some buildings, replacing and adding security cameras,” Martin said.

“In our schools, student safety is a priority and we have continued to look at ways to keep our children safe,” he added. “We are extremely happy to receive funding to help with our efforts.”

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Hannah Lentz
A 2017 graduate of Grand Valley State University and a lifelong teacher’s kid, Hannah Lentz has worked as a journalist in and outside the Grand Rapids area for more than five years. After serving as editor-in-chief at the GVSU student newspaper, Hannah interned at the Leelanau Enterprise where she learned a lot about community journalism. In addition to her work for School News Network, Hannah has worked as a freelance blogger in the furniture industry, focusing on design trends, and as a social media manager for World Medical Relief in Detroit.

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