Mary Alice Reporting – More than 1,000 Ohio schools are receiving state assistance for security upgrades and among them is a Tuscarawas County district.

Dover City Schools is on tap to be awarded almost $89,960 for their three elementary buildings and the middle school.

Governor Mike DeWine made the Tuesday announcement as part of the Ohio K-12 School Safety Grant Program that is investing nearly $47 million in grant funding to schools in 81 counties. Grants equal the amount requested by each school up to $50,000 and this year, DeWine noted the legislature partnership to increase the grant program by an additional $100 million with support from the American Rescue Plan Act.

The money the school district receives can cover expenses associated with security enhancements that can include additional or upgraded cameras, a public address system, automatic door locks, a visitor badge system, and exterior lighting.

For the local district:

  • Dover Avenue Elementary: $20,360.52
  • Dover Middle School: $7,497.45
  • East Elementary: $27,194.68
  • South Elementary: $34,905.89

The City of Dover and the school district also recently announced they are going to employ a Resource Officer, of which the city will contribute 30% of the total cost.

Governor DeWine also announced that Mary Davis, former executive director of the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, has been selected to serve as the as chief training officer overseeing Ohio School Safety Center’s (OSSC) new Safety & Crisis Division.

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