By Haley Kluge
The Holt Journal
On March 20, Holt Public Schools received a $4,624 Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety grant to improve school security.
“At this point, that extra money will allow us to purchase the additional equipment to help fill in holes of our security,” Holt’s co-grant writer and Executive Director of Finance and Business Services Kim Cosgrove said. “That’ll work to help us towards our endeavor to do what we can do to secure all of the perimeters of our buildings.”
Over $46 million worth of improvements were requested from 289 applicants, including a $30,000 proposal from Holt Public Schools.
According to Holt High School Principal Michael Willard, both the school administration and central office met to decide what would be requested. Cosgrove and School Resource Officer Deputy Mary Hull then drafted the grant during fall 2014.
“Schools had to explain what the problem was in their community or their school, what they proposed to do about it, a budget, and a budget narrative,” Michigan Department of State Police’s director for grants Nancy Becker Bennett said. “Then we narrowed it down to those who qualified to manage access control.”
To apply, applicants had to create an updated emergency operation plan, in accordance with the template released that year. In addition, applicants were required to include commitment and letters of agreement from the county sheriff department and first responders for their community.
According to Michigan State Police’s statement, the statewide upgrades will impact 217,000 students. Each recipient’s budget must be spent by September.
“Obviously we all know what has gone on in schools around the country and world,” Bennett Becker said. “To have a positive learning environment for students, teachers and guests, everyone needs to feel safe.”