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November 2, 2013

Local schools get more than $250K for safety expenses

Grant recipients in pool of 241 schools, more than $9 million.

AVON — Flanked by fourth-grade members of the Ambassadors Club and student council at Cedar Elementary School here, Gov. Mike Pence announced more than $9 million in grants for schools statewide to enhance their security.

“Far too often we wake up to headlines that break our hearts,” Pence said before mentioning the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, Conn., that happened shortly after he was elected governor last year. Pence called it an unimaginable horror that prompted him to make school safety a focus of his administration.

“When parents drop their kids off (at school), they have every expectation and right to expect to be welcomed by their embrace at the end of the day,” he said.

The program provides matching grants to school corporations, charter schools, or other school coalitions. They’re earmarked for safety equipment, threat assessments, and employing school resource officers.

There are 241 schools receiving the grants this year. Of those, 123 requested resource officers, 221 safety equipment, and 36 threat assessments.

Most Logansport-area school district received funding. Logansport Community Schools received the maximum grant amount, $50,000, for school security equipment and to employ a school resource officer. Peru Community Schools and Delphi Community Schools both received maxed-out grants of $50,000 each, too, for school security equipment.

Southeastern Schools received $43,152, Pioneer Regional Schools received $12,500, Carroll Consolidated Schools received $29,230.40 and Eastern Pulaski Community Schools received $17,915, all earmarked for school security equipment.

“We’ve made an important step toward protecting our students, protecting our teachers, our staff, and the visitors to our schools,” Pence said. “Here in Indiana we put our kids’ safety first.”

Some of the safety equipment being installed in state schools include security cameras, door-locking devices, and visitor sign-in kiosks. The last one is already in use at Cedar Elementary.

Pence urged any schools that haven’t applied for a Secured School Safety Grant to do so in the next year.

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