Stark County districts seemed to still be in the planning stages on how to use the funding, which came as a surprise.

Stark County schools are getting an extra boost of funding for safety and security enhancements.

Every Ohio public school, chartered nonpublic school and school operated by county board of development disabilities received a school safety training grant.

Grants were based on student population with schools receiving either $2,500 or $5.65 cents per student, whichever amount was greater -- to spend on school safety programs and training, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced last month.

The grants, $12 million statewide, were funded as part of Ohio House Bill 318, which appointed the Ohio Attorney General's Office to develop the program in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

Schools could access the grant funding Oct. 1.

Stark County districts seemed to still be in the planning stages on how to use the funding, which came as a surprise.

"It was not something for which we applied, and we were not anticipating it,  but we are very thankful to receive this grant to support our safety and security/mental health initiatives," wrote Lisa Reicosky, Canton City Schools spokeswoman in an email.

The law requires schools to work with local law enforcement agencies on how to best use the funds, according to a news release.

"Ohio's students are entitled to feel safe when the school bell rings, and this funding will impact children by boosting safety measures at more than 1,700 schools across the state," said DeWine in the release. "Schools will have the flexibility to use these grants for things like training for school resource officers, safety and security materials, and programs to identify and help students who may be struggling with their mental health."

To see what Stark County districts and school received, use the chart below:

 

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