Law enforcement agencies at over 160 jurisdictions nationwide will receive over $830,000 in federal grants to strengthen security at schools. Those selected will receive the grants through a Department of Justice School Violence Prevention Program initiative that Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost introduced and had signed into law in 2018.
Schools in Bost’s southern Illinois district affected were Jefferson County schools that will get $499,829 along with Sesser-Valier Community Unit School District #196, who received $90,285. Both schools will use the money to make safety enhancements in the classroom. East St. Louis School District #189 will use their $239,892 grant for metal detectors and locks, as well as staff training and communications planning.