5 Houston area school districts, including Santa Fe ISD, awarded $1.3M federal grant to improve school safety

Exterior photo of Santa Fe High School. (KPRC2)

HOUSTON – U.S. Sen. John Cornyn announced Thursday that five school districts in the Houston area were awarded federal grants totaling $1,304,709 to improve school safety measures.

The funding comes through the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) and Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), which were recently authorized by Sen. Cornyn’s Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, which was signed into law on June 25.

The legislation addresses specific concerns that may have led to recent mass shootings, including the need for additional mental health services and school safety resources.

“No parent should fear for the safety of their student when they drop them off at school, and no student should be afraid when they walk into the classroom,” Cornyn said. “In the aftermath of the tragedy in Uvalde, I’m grateful that meaningful solutions are starting to be delivered through this funding to prevent violence, provide training to school personnel and students, and apply evidence-based threat assessments in Texas schools.”

Here are the following school districts that were awarded:

  • Alief Independent School District: $486,000
  • Brazosport Independent School District: $463,320
  • High Island Independent School District: $82,500
  • Santa Fe School District: $150,000
  • Spring Branch Independent School District (Inc.): $122,889

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