ST. PAUL – State Rep. Jerry Hertaus, R-Greenfield, 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.
“At a time when school budgets are stressed from increased costs on many fronts, any additional funding received from the state will help fill some of the budget gaps without looking to taxpayers for additional funding,” Hertaus said.
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. All schools districts encompassing Hertaus’ House District 33A will receive funding, including Osseo ($728,150), Wayzata ($404,301), Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose ($200,288), Orono ($98,658), Delano ($86,651), Westonka ($82,041), Rockford ($58,617) and Watertown-Mayer ($54,600).