October 9, 2013 (COLUMBUS) The Ohio School Facilities Commission today began accepting grant applications for the recently enacted School Security Grant Program. The program, established in H.B.59, the recently passed state budget bill, authorizes OSFC to reimburse public schools, including community schools, for school security expenditures including:
- Up to $2,000 for one emergency communications system or Multi‐Agency Radio Communications System (MARCS) unit per eligible school building; and
- Up to $5,000 for costs incurred with a purchase of a security entrance system consisting of a security camera, an intercom, and remote access equipment for one entrance per eligible school building.
Eligible school districts received an email invitation to apply for the security grant program. Applications are being administered through an online application system in order to maximize efficiency in the approval process. The program will be funded by a $12 million re‐appropriation from the Commission’s current capital allocation.
OSFC Executive Director Richard Hickman said the program provides a method for school districts to address the crucial needs of communicating with first responders in times of emergency and with reducing unsecured access points in schools. “While no single program can completely address this critical issue, the School Security Grant Program will assist districts across the state in their security efforts, ”Hickman said. “We welcome the opportunity to work with Ohio schools in this matter.”
Established in 1997, the Commission is responsible for administration of the state’s school construction and renovation program. The Commission is currently working with, or has completed all necessary work in, nearly two-thirds of the state’s 613 school districts.
On September 10, 2012, the Commission was consolidated with the Office of the State Architect to form the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio School Facilities Commission continues to exist as a separate commission within the new agency, focusing on funding Ohio’s comprehensive K-12 school construction program.