3 Columbia County School Districts Awarded Safety And Security Grants From State

Three local school districts have been awarded state grants to improve safety and security. Benton Area School District has been awarded nearly $65,000. Southern Columbia is getting nearly $51,000 and Central Columbia will see about $29,500. The money can used for things like hiring school security officers, purchasing security-related technology, completing safety and security assessments, implementing violence prevention education, and offering counseling services for students. The School Safety and Security Grant Program was created by lawmakers in 2018.