ST. PAUL – State Rep. Bob Vogel, R-Elko New Market, announces school districts throughout Minnesota are receiving a combined $30 million from the state to fund safety initiatives.
The supplemental aid must be used for expenditures as authorized under the Safe Schools Levy. This includes a wide variety of facility and programming purposes such as police liaison services, counseling, school security, gang resistance education training and other crime prevention and safety measures for students and staff.
“Children, parents, and teachers all deserve to feel safe at school,” said Rep. Vogel. “It is our job as the legislature to make sure schools have resources to ensure that happens. This school safety funding is provided in a way that local school districts and citizens can make safety improvements based on their particular needs.”
The money comes from a one-time Safe Schools Supplemental Aid appropriation in the state’s new education budget. The $30 million will be provided to school districts and charter schools on a per-pupil basis. School districts in Rep. Vogel's House District 20A have received over $255,000 in funding with New Prague Area Schools receiving $145,391.18, Belle Plaine Public School District receiving $56,579.35, Le Sueur-Henderson School District receiving $35,278.79, and Cleveland Public School District receiving $18,004.56.