Lufkin ISD received a $2,857,354 Safety and Facilities Enhancement grant (SAFE) to spend on additional safety and security measures across the school district.

The grant will begin Dec. 1, 2023 through July 31, 2025, and the funding is through TEA, Senate Bill 30, Section 4.02 of the 88th Legislative Session. It will benefit all Lufkin ISD campuses and offset the costs of the safety mandates from the State to be in compliance with safety and security guidelines.

“I am thrilled that Lufkin ISD was awarded this competitive grant to implement the recently adopted school safety standards,” said Cindy Tierney, Executive Director of Student Services & Federal Programs. “This funding will assist us with the purchase and installation of numerous components, to ensure the safety and security of our school families.”

The 88th Texas Legislative Session appropriated $800 million toward supporting school systems in meeting the adopted school safety standards.

“This safety grant marks a significant stride forward for our district in fostering an environment where every student and staff member feels safe,” Andre Emmons, Executive Director of Operations and Safety, said. “This additional funding will allow us to further enhance our current safety measures, as well as comply with the new safety mandates from the State.”