LANSING, Michigan— Senator Ruth Johnson Thursday secured $9.8 million for mental health services and school safety measures at Oxford High School as part of a supplementary budget bill to ensure school safety across the state.
“Oxford High School experienced a horrific act of violence and loss last November. No amount of funding will bring back those lost, but we must give the school the resources it needs to better serve its students, teachers and its staff who have been deeply affected by this tragedy,” said Johnson, R-Holly. “This bill includes nearly $10 million for Oxford schools to support a school psychologist, family liaison and a mental health coordinator and to help implement additional safety measures.”
House Bill 6012 includes $9.8 million for the Oxford Community School District to be used for psychologists, family liaisons, mental health staff, school safety, extra learning time, legal fees and physical restoration of the school building.
Following this week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, the Michigan Senate on Thursday passed a surrogate that added $27.5 million to support additional security efforts at public and private schools in the state.
The bill included $15 million in school safety assessment grants to be used by Michigan schools to conduct comprehensive safety and security assessments and $12.5 million in mapping grants school safety buildings for the implementation of critical impact mapping that best assists first responders in an emergency.
“As a community in Texas mourns this week – and families in Oxford continue to deal with the scars of last November – this bill is a concrete step we can take to help provide needed support services. to Oxford students and teachers and to provide new resources to schools across our state to help them improve their safety and keep their school communities safe,” Johnson said.
HB 6012 is now heading to the House of Representatives for approval. If the House agrees with the bill, then it would be sent to the governor for signing.
Editor’s note: Senator Johnson’s Senate session remarks on funding will be available at www.SenatorRuthJohnson.com/video.
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Photo caption: Senator Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, addresses the Senate on the need to invest $9.8 million for mental health services and school safety measures at Oxford High School as part of a additional budget bill to ensure school safety across the state.