ADRIAN — A $100,000 grant will help the Lenawee Intermediate School District upgrade the security of the entrances to two of its buildings.
The LISD recently received the funding from the state’s Competitive School Safety Grant Program, according to a news release from the LISD.
The funding can be used to purchase equipment or technology to improve the safety of school buildings, students and staff.
The LISD is one of 14 intermediate school districts in Michigan to receive a grant. Fifty-seven local school districts, 40 nonpublic schools and 39 public academies are also receiving funding.
The LISD plans to use the funds to create secure lobbies at the primary points of entry at the Tech Center and Milton C. Porter Education Center, which house career and technical education and special education programs, respectively.
These upgrades include fixed walls and electronically locked doors between the reception area of the school building and student classroom areas. The creation of more secure entrance areas will allow school employees to greet and screen visitors prior to granting access to student areas.
“We appreciate the ongoing commitment at the state level to support school safety upgrades,” Mark Haag, LISD superintendent, said in the release. “We are thrilled to receive this grant, and we look forward to begin work on these building improvements in the coming months.”
“These specific projects were previously identified as priorities through our school building safety audit,” Richard Germond, LISD Board of Education president, said in the release. “We are dedicated to continuously improving our district facilities and procedures in an effort to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
Work at the Milton C. Porter Education Center is expected to begin this summer, while work at the LISD Tech Center is expected to occur during the 2022-23 school year.
This article originally appeared on The Daily Telegram: Lenawee Intermediate School District receives school safety grant