Despite major cutbacks throughout the state’s education system, $25 million has been set aside for school security improvements, according to KMOV. Governor Pat Quinn announced May 2 that the money would be granted to 448 public elementary and secondary school districts, community collges and state universities in Illinois, supporting 1,312 projects.
“Nothing is more important in Illinois than keeping our schools safe,” says Gov. Pat Quinn in an Illinois.gov press release. “These projects will strengthen security at main entry points, providing school personnel with critical moments to alert law enforcement, activate plans to protect students and save lives.”
O’Fallon District 90 Superintendent Dr. Todd Koehl says that his district is using the money it receives to buy film that could go on windows to potentially stop an intruder.
The grant comes at a time when Illinois is running a deficit of over $40 billion and school districts are cutting programs and staff to save money, the St. Louis-based news outlet reports.
A list of grant recipients is available here.