The 2018 Legislature passed school safety grants last spring that were signed by Governor Mark Dayton.The Minnesota Department of Education received 1,187 complete applications from schools requesting funds for safety upgrades. This week the Department of Education announced that 90 public schools districts or charter schools were awards grants for safety and security improvements at 123 buildings sites.

In our area the Blooming Prairie Elementary School was awarded $136,500 for entrance security along with $80,000 for communications making the total $216,500.

The Faribault High School will get $94,750 for entrance security along with $6,750 for communication for a total of $101,500. The Jefferson Elementary is to receive $442,225 for entrance security and $5,500 for communication for a total grant of $447,725. The Lincoln Elementary in Faribault is to receive $486,725 for securing entrances and $5,500 for communication for a total of $439,400.

The Waseca Jr. and Sr. High will be getting $85,000 for securing entrances and $63,000 for communication for a total of $148,000.

Grants will be used for such improvements as access controls, keyless entry systems, door alarm systems and structure changes to main entrances among other things.