ST. PAUL – State Rep. Dale Lueck, R-Aitkin, announces school districts throughout Minnesota are set to receive 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.
“School safety continues to be an important focus of mine, as well as my fellow legislators on both sides of aisle.” Lueck said. “Each of our schools have specific needs. One size or a single approach does not get the job done. These funds allow each school district to focus on the items that best meet their needs in this very important area.”
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 school districts in Lueck’s House District 10B will receive funding, including Brainerd ($228,057), Aitkin ($40,855), Crosby-Ironton ($36,217), McGregor ($15,769) and Hill City ($9,611).