The Minnesota Department of Education has awarded LILA a School Safety Grant for over $340,000 to construct a new, more secure front entrance area at the Lower School at the Main Campus and implement enhanced safety technology there.
LILA’s application was one of 90 public school district or charter school submissions randomly selected to receive funds for security and violence prevention improvements, based on eligibility.
Governor Dayton and the 2018 Legislature set aside $25 million for school safety grants last spring; schools could apply for up to $500,000 per building. According to the Minnesota Department of Education, a total of 1,187 applications were received totaling $255.5 million—more than 10 times the available funding.
“We’re thrilled to move forward with our plans to enhance LILA’s Lower School security,” said Executive Director Cam Hedlund. “We’re also hopeful that legislators will continue to address Minnesota schools’ acute need for financial assistance with the high cost of implementing violence prevention best practices.”
Watch for more details about this project in the coming months.