ST. PAUL – State Rep. Tony Albright, R-Prior Lake, 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.
“Keeping our students and teachers safe is a bipartisan priority at the legislature and this $30 million shows our commitment on this front," said Rep. Albright. “Different schools have different equipment and training needs; this funding allows school districts and citizens to make safety improvements based on their particular needs, helping to maximize the effectiveness of resources.”
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. Albright's District 55B will receive $362,366.15 from this funding.