School security grants: How the money was distributed

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The Kansas Board of Education has doled out $5 million in security grants approved by the Legislature this session.

This year’s round of grants is similar to the $5 million the Legislature allocated for school security last year, although the scope was narrowed somewhat.

So far, it’s been a year-to-year program with no guarantee that it would be funded in the future.

Last year, the Legislature said the money could generally be used for school safety and security improvements approved by the Board of Education.

This year, the legislation said the money should be used specifically for security cameras and other equipment for monitoring school buildings and facilities, as well as for securing doors, windows and entrances.

The board received requests totaling about $12.8 million from 169 school districts.

The money was distributed based on $19.24 per pupil or actual dollars requested, whichever was lower.

The legislation requires that grants received by school districts be matched with local funds dollar for dollar at a minimum.

Board member Jim McNiece questioned to what extent the $5 million helped schools.

“Did the $5 million – I know it helped – but was it significant help or piecemeal help?” McNiece said.

He suggested that the board need to develop a comprehensive plan that would establish a base line for school safety standards.

“Do our standards really push us to what these districts need?” he asked.

Here are some examples of how some of the districts that received larger sums of money plan to use their grant money.

Kansas City is plans to use $286,500 in grant funds to help pay for a system that would help students and teachers seek safety in the event of an active shooter. The system – called SafeDefend – allows teachers and staff to activate an security alert telling other school employees and authorities about the exact location of an intruder.

Geary County Schools plans to spend its $124,257 to ensure that all of its buildings have a base standard of security camera coverage. The district has eight buildings with some security camera coverage and 11 that do not. The grant makes sure that all buildings in the district have security camera coverage.

Blue Valley intends to use its $429,000 so it can outfit classrooms with interior locks. Many of the districts classrooms are equipped with key cylinders than can only be locked from the outside.

Olathe received $250,000 that it will put toward interior door barricades that will be installed on 950 classroom doors at 36 elementary schools and at select middle and high schools with student populations whose mobility is a concern.

Wichita, which received  $921,000, had sought money for indoor and outdoor video cameras, metal detectors, teacher door locks and card readers, among other things.

The Auburn-Washburn School District received about $117,000. It requested money for, among other things, to secure the front of each building and the access road between Washburn Rural High School and Washburn Rural Middle School to prevent vehicle-born attacks.

The school district also sought money for magnetic door holds for all interior doors that could be activated in an emergency situation. The holds could be activated with a panic button in the office.

Here is a break down of how much each district received compared to what they requested. The districts are arranged by county in alphabetical order.

Allen County

District: Iola
Amount requested: $8,757
Amount received: $8,757

District: Humboldt
Amount requested: $22,360
Amount received: $11,342

Anderson County

District: Garnett
Amount requested: $26,477
Amount received:  $18,909

District: Crest
Amount requested: $12,779
Amount received:  $4,102

Atchison County

District: Atchison County Community Schools
Requested: $100,000
Amount received: $9,293

District: Atchison Public Schools
Amount requested: $50,000
Amount received: $31,750

Barber County

District: South Barber
Amount requested: $16,000
Amount received: $4,675

Barton County

District: Hoisington
Amount requested: $49,158
Amount received: $13,841

Bourbon County

District: Fort Scott
Amount requested: $108,802
Amount received: $36,142

Brown County

District: South Brown County
Amount requested: $7,155
Amount received: $7,155

Butler County

District: Andover
Amount requested: $316,438
Amount received: $103,665

District: Augusta
Amount requested: $41,946
Amount received: $41,337

District: El Dorado
Amount requested: $20,000
Amount received: $20,000

Chautauqua County

District: Chautauqua County Community Schools
Amount requested: $4,000
Amount received: $4,000

Cherokee County

District: Riverton
Amount requested: $49,818
Amount received: $13,891

District: Columbus
Amount requested: $4,796
Amount received: $4,796

District: Galena
Amount requested: $13,900
Amount received: $13,900

District: Baxter Springs
Amount requested: $30,844
Amount received: $17,662

Cheyenne County

District: St. Francis Community Schools
Amount requested: $21,000
Amount received: $5,031

Clark County

District: Minneola
Amount requested: $21,063
Amount received: $4,570

District: Ashland
Amount requested: $5,000
Amount received: $4,017

Cloud County

District: Concordia
Amount requested: $14,365
Amount received: $14,365

Coffey County

District: Burlington
Amount requested: $60,000
Amount received: $15,786

District: LeRoy-Gridley
Amount requested: $4,670
Amount received: $3,896

Comanche County

District: Comanche County
Amount requested: $9,458
Amount received: $6,013

Cowley County

District: Winfield
Amount requested: $50,000
Amount received: $41,980

District: Arkansas City
Amount requested: $86,112
Amount received: $54,191

Crawford County

District: Frontenac Public Schools
Amount requested: $15,000
Amount received: $15,000

District: Pittsburg
Amount requested: $21,000
Amount received: $21,000

Dickinson County

District: Solomon
Amount requested: $12,500
Amount received: $6,291

District: Chapman
Amount requested: $25,000
Amount received: $20,298

District: Rural Vista
Amount requested: $2,452
Amount received: $2,452

District: Herington
Amount requested: $7,159
Amount received: $7,159

Doniphan County

District: Riverside
Amount requested: $9,993
Amount received: $9,993

District: Troy Public Schools
Amount requested: $17,206
Amount received: $6,715

Douglas County

District: Baldwin City
Amount requested: $180,000
Amount received: $26,030

District: Eudora
Amount requested: $34,000
Amount received: $33,064

District: Lawrence
Amount requested: $71,137
Amount received: $71,137

Edwards County

District: Kinsley-Offerle
Amount requested: $1,800
Amount received: $1,800

District: Lewis
Amount requested: $5,943
Amount received: $2,184

Ellis County

District: Victoria
Amount requested: $6,131
Amount received: $5,532

District: Hays
Amount requested: $110,000
Amount received: $58,669

Ellsworth County

District: Central Plains
Amount requested: $88,500
Amount received: $8,822

District: Ellsworth
Amount requested: $9,880
Amount received: $9,880

Finney County

District: Garden City
Amount requested: $40,000
Amount received: $40,000

Ford County

District: Spearville
Amount requested: $15,000
Amount received: $6,215

District: Bucklin
Amount requested: $22,000
Amount received: $4,493

Franklin County

District: Central Heights
Amount requested: $16,003
Amount received: $9,689

District: Wellsville
Amount requested: $42,914
Amount received: $15,017

Geary County

District: Geary County Schools
Amount requested: $124,257
Amount received: $124,257

Gove County

District: Quinter Public Schools
Amount requested: $66,067
Amount received: $5,849

Graham County

District: Graham County
Amount requested: $37,692
Amount received: $7,417

Gray County

District: Ingalls
Amount requested: $96,500
Amount received: $4,242

Greeley County

District: Greeley County Schools
Amount requested: $37,000
Amount received: $4,868

Greenwood County

District: Madison-Virgil
Amount requested: $2,043
Amount received: $2,043

Harper County

District: Anthony-Harper
Amount requested: $30,000
Amount received: $15,359

District: Attica
Amount requested: $5,337
Amount received: $3,088

Harvey County

District: Newton
Amount requested: $16,781
Amount received: $16,781

District: Hesston
Amount requested: $34,726
Amount received: $16,115

Hodgeman County

District: Hodgeman County Schools
Amount requested: $3,448
Amount received: $3,448

Jackson County

District: Holton
Amount requested: $61,059
Amount received: $20,770

District: Royal Valley
Amount requested: $13,626
Amount received: $13,626

Jefferson County

District: Valley Falls
Amount requested: $14,978
Amount received: $7,051

District: Jefferson County North
Amount requested: $18,291
Amount received: $8,745

District: Jefferson West
Amount requested: $60,500
Amount received: $16,194

District: McLouth
Amount requested: $46,071
Amount received: $9,160

District: Perry Public Schools
Amount requested: $6,205
Amount received: $6,205

Johnson County

District: Blue Valley
Amount requested: $3 million
Amount received: $429,614

District: Spring Hill
Amount requested: $85,356
Amount received: $59,277

District: De Soto
Amount requested: $60,000
Amount received: $60,000

District: Olathe
Amount requested: $250,000
Amount received: $250,000

Kearny County

District: Lakin
Amount requested: $10,500
Amount received: $10,500

Kingman County

District: Kingman-Norwich
Amount requested: $44,385
Amount received: $16,639

District: Cunningham
Amount requested: $8,813
Amount received: $3,290

Labette County

District: Oswego
Amount requested: $6,000
Amount received: $6,000

Lane County

District: Healy Public Schools
Amount requested: $2,942
Amount received: $1,000

Leavenworth County

District: Leavenworth
Amount requested: $325,000
Amount received: $70,355

District: Basehor-Linwood
Amount requested: $11,122
Amount received: $11,122

District: Tonganoxie
Amount requested: $29,654
Amount received: $29,654

District: Lansing
Amount requested: $41,000
Amount received: $41,000

Lincoln County

District: Lincoln
Amount requested: $20,147
Amount received: $6,461

Linn County

District: Jayhawk
Amount requested: $18,889
Amount received: $11,021

Logan County

District: Oakley
Amount requested: $22,500
Amount received: $7,836

Lyon County

District: North Lyon County
Amount requested: $374,000
Amount received: $6,667

District: Southern Lyon County
Amount requested: $41,477
Amount received: $8,997

District: Emporia
Amount requested: $101,368
Amount received: $86,055

Marshall County

District: Marysville
Amount requested: $6,745
Amount received: $6,745

District: Vermillion
Amount requested: $7,613
Amount received: $7,613

District: Valley Heights
Amount requested: $8,742
Amount received: $7,973

McPherson County

District: McPherson
Amount requested:  $65,000
Amount received: $45,533

District:Inman
Amount requested: $46,245
Amount received: $7,571

Meade County

District: Fowler
Amount requested: $5,000
Amount received: $2,588

Miami County

District: Osawatomie
Amount requested: $9,563
Amount received: $9,563

District: Paola
Amount requested: $41,626
Amount received: $37,199

District: Louisburg
Amount requested: $47,750
Amount received: $32,358

Mitchell County

District: Waconda
Amount requested: $2,210
Amount received: $2,210

District: Beloit
Amount requested: $21,000
Amount received: $15,038

Montgomery County

District: Caney Valley
Amount requested: $30,000
Amount received: $14,420

District: Coffeyville
Amount requested: $78,770
Amount received: $33,514

District: Independence
Amount requested: $9,000
Amount received: $9,000

District: Cherryvale
Amount requested: $70,000
Amount received: $15,132

Morris County

District: Morris County
Amount requested:  $288,317
Amount received: $15,180

Morton County

District: Rolla
Amount requested: $4,902
Amount received: $2,174

District: Elkhart
Amount requested: $27,787
Amount received: $7,921

Nemaha County

District: Prairie Hills
Amount requested: $9,492
Amount received: $9,492

District: Nemaha Central
Amount requested: $18,656
Amount received: $ 11,119

Neosho County

District: Erie-Galesburg
Amount requested: $10,000
Amount received: $9,456

District: Chanute Public Schools
Amount requested: $36,215
Amount received: $35,450

Ness County

District: Ness City
Amount requested: $14,500
Amount received: $5,455

Norton County

District: Northern Valley
Amount requested: $31,964
Amount received: $ 2,809

Osage County

District: Osage City
Amount requested: $25,000
Amount received: $13,035

District: Santa Fe Trail
Amount requested: $42,730
Amount received: $19,257

District: Burlingame Public Schools
Amount requested: $5,000
Amount received: $5,000

District: Marais Des Cygnes Valley
Amount requested: $8,000
Amount received: $3,983

Pawnee County

District: Ft. Larned
Amount requested: $77,075
Amount received: $16,298

Pottawatomie County

District: Onaga-Havensville-Wheaton
Amount requested: $21,000
Amount received: 5,849

District: Rock Creek
Amount requested: $98,708
Amount received: $20,777

Pratt County

District: Skyline Schools
Amount requested: $46,888
Amount received: $7,465

Rawlins County

District:Rawlins County
Amount requested: $13,070
Amount received: $6,809

Reno County

District: Hutchinson Public Schools
Amount requested: $164,000
Amount received: 83,484

District: Nickerson
Amount requested: $39,995
Amount received: $20,902

District: Fairfield
Amount requested: $2,825
Amount received: $2,825

District: Pretty Prairie
Amount requested: $17,000
Amount received: $ 5,272

District: Haven Public Schools
Amount requested: $17,572
Amount received: 14,449

Rice County

District:  Sterling
Amount requested: $13,000
Amount received: $9,380

Riley County

District: Manhattan-Ogden
Amount requested: $6,501
Amount received: $6,501

Rooks County

District: Palco
Amount requested: $7,281
Amount received: $1,770

District: Plainville
Amount requested:  $33,269
Amount received: $ 6,522

District: Stockton
Amount requested: $1,560
Amount received: $1,560

Rush County

District: Otis-Bison
Amount requested: $20,000
Amount received: $4,764

Russell County

District: Russell County
Amount requested: $94,044
Amount received: $16,392

Saline County

District: Salina
Amount requested: $50,000
Amount received: $50,000

District: Southeast of Saline
Amount requested: $8,404
Amount received: $8,404

District: Ell-Saline
Amount requested: $17,500
Amount received: $8,985

Scott County

District: Scott County
Amount requested: $67,453
Amount received: $18,874

Sedgwick County

District: Wichita
Amount requested: $1,256,883
Amount received: $921,475

District: Derby
Amount requested: $252,051
Amount received: $133,127

District: Valley Center Public Schools
Amount requested: $53,832
Amount received: $ 53,832

District: Mulvane
Amount requested: $252,051
Amount received: $34,661

District: Clearwater
Amount requested: $115,000
Amount received: $21,424

District: Renwick
Amount requested: $286,300
Amount received: $34,363

District: Cheney
Amount requested: $21,062
Amount received: $14,732

Seward County

District: Liberal
Amount requested: $399,849
Amount received: $91,400

District: Kismet-Plains
Amount requested: $21,792
Amount received: $11,958

Shawnee County

District: Seaman
Amount requested: $17,353
Amount received: $17,353

District: Auburn Washburn
Amount requested: $142,200
Amount received: $119,190

District: Shawnee Heights
Amount requested: $9,000
Amount received: $9,000

Sherman County

District: Goodland
Amount requested: $48,330
Amount received: $17,576

Smith County 

District: Smith Center
Amount requested: $3,291
Amount received: $3,291

Stafford County

District: Stafford
Amount requested: $132,500
Amount received: $4,816

District: Macksville
Amount requested: $9,000
Amount received: $4,165

Stanton County

District: Stanton County
Amount requested: $10,000
Amount received: $8,341

Stevens County

District: Moscow Public Schools
Amount requested: $670
Amount received: $670

Sumner County

District: Wellington
Amount requested: $133,564
Amount received: $29,916

District: Belle Plaine
Amount requested: $34,050
Amount received: $11,752

District: Argonia Public Schools
Amount requested: $5,750
Amount received: $3,338

District: Caldwell
Amount requested: $2,182
Amount received: $2,182

Thomas County

District: Colby Public Schools
Amount requested: $8,610
Amount received: $8,610

Wabaunsee County

District: Mill Creek Valley
Amount requested: $1,250
Amount received: $1,250

District: Mission Valley
Amount requested: $10,000
Amount received: $8,344

Wallace County

District: Wallace County Schools
Amount requested: $7,165
Amount received: $3,810

Washington County

District: Barnes
Amount requested: $4,055
Amount received: $4,055

Wichita County

District: Leoti
Amount requested: $16,338
Amount received: $7,534

Wilson County 

District: Neodesha
Amount requested: $109,800
Amount received: 13,458

District:  Fredonia
Amount requested: $30,581
Amount received: $13,545

Woodson County 

District: Woodson
Amount requested: $3,747
Amount received: $3,747

Wyandotte County

District: Turner
Amount requested: $295,000
Amount received: $76,402

District: Bonner Springs
Amount requested: $22,749
Amount received: $22,749

District: Kansas City
Amount requested: $286,500
Amount received: $286,500