“We’re very pleased that our grant for school safety improvements was accepted by the U.S. Attorney General’s office,” said Will County Board Member Mike Fricilone (R-Homer Glen). “The Will County Board is always looking to partner with other agencies to seek out alternative funding sources.”
“The improvements that will be made to these facilities will go a long way toward ensuring that children are safe while they are at school,” said County Board Member and Public Health and Safety Committee member Beth Rice (D-Bolingbrook). “We’re glad that our grant application was accepted, and we will continue to seek resources to ensure that all of our public facilities are safe.”
The total project budget for these improvements is $1,380,913. The $500,000 is a federal match. Homer 33-C will fund the remaining amount of $880,913. The grant was obtained through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) as part of their 2018 COPS STOP School Violence: School Violence Prevention Program (SVPP).
“The improvements to our buildings are pivotal in providing a safe learning environment for our students,” said Homer Community Consolidated School District 33-C Superintendent Craig Schoppe. “I look forward to more innovative funding approaches in the future.”
SVPP funding provides direct awards to States, units of local government, or Indian tribes to improve security at schools and on school grounds through evidence-based school safety programs.