Governor Mike DeWine recently announced that the Miamisburg City School District is one of more than 900 schools across Ohio that will receive state funding support for physical safety and security upgrades. These funds are part of Ohio's K-12 School Safety Grant Program. The grant program by the Ohio General Assembly is part of House Bill 45, signed by Governor DeWine last month.

The district will receive $840,000 to enhance the physical security of its ten school buildings. The grant monies are to be used to pay for expenses such as new security cameras, public address systems, automatic door locks, visitor badging systems, and exterior lighting. 

Miamisburg plans to use the grant money for security improvements, including intrusion detection, exterior doors, interior doors, windows, visitor procedures, parking/parking lots, visitor control, mass communications systems and intrusion surveillance. 

The district applied for the grant funds, after which a thorough security and vulnerability assessment was performed. The state used the assessment results to determine how much money to allocate to each district. A total of 945 schools received a combined $68 million in grant monies as part of Ohio's K-12 School Safety Grant program's fourth round. A fifth round of funding will be announced in the coming weeks. 

“We look forward to utilizing these funds to improve our district’s safety and security measures,” said Dr. Laura Blessing. “We are thankful to state officials, who understand the importance of ensuring our schools are secure and safe places for our students to learn and grow.”