Marquette-Alger RESA receives $183,000 to improve school security

MARQUETTE, MIch. (WLUC) - Several Upper Peninsula schools will soon be improving their security systems. Thanks to a $183,000 grant from the Michigan State Police, Marquette-Alger RESA will now update doors, access systems, and more. In addition to Marquette schools, Ishpeming, Negaunee, Gwinn, and Munising schools will all be using the grant for safety improvements. The state police awarded $25 million to 188 public, non-public, charter, and intermediate school districts. They say these grants will provide the resources needed to ensure students have a safe learning environment.

"When we worked with our emergency manager and the state police, they recognized issues that we don't see every day, and those were the things that we put in the grants" said Marquette-Alger RESA Superintendent Deborah Veiht.

"We can't say it can't happen here,” said county emergency management coordinator Teresa Schwalbach. “It's not if, it's when it could happen here. We want to be prepared. We want to keep our children safe and we want our parents to feel more confident that their kids are safe in school if something happens."

The schools hope to get to work on the updates immediately.