“We’re anxious to partner with every school in the state,” the governor said. “The value of this grant cannot be overlooked or underestimated. It’s an opportunity to strengthen our schools against potential, unknowable, and unthinkable threats.”
Cedar Elementary was chosen as the venue for the announcement because the Avon Community School Corporation was awarded the maximum grant amount — $50,000 annually. School corporations with average daily memberships of at least 1,000 are eligible to receive that amount, while those with less than a thousand can receive up to $35,000 per year.
“Congratulations on being a model, along with hundreds of other schools across Indiana,” Pence said, noting that six of Avon’s schools have door-locking devices, with 10 more slated to get the technology soon.
Anne Englehart, president of the Avon School Board, praised the committee that wrote their corporation’s grant proposal.
“A child feeling safe is a major factor at school,” she said. “It’s great for our staff as well because they need to be able to do their jobs and not worry about intruders. It’s sad we have to do this, but it’s the reality and we have to stay ahead of the curve.”
The idea of providing extra funding for school security began with a bill introduced in the last General Assembly by State Sen. Pete Miller, whose district includes Avon. He’s pleased with how the Secured School Safety Grant Program is evenly spread statewide.
“I tried to stop, take it all in, and look at those kids’ faces,” Miller said of the students who stood with the governor. “That’s what this is all about. It’s very gratifying.”
Local grants awarded Logansport $50,000 Southeastern $43,152 Pioneer $12,500 Carroll $29,230.40 Delphi $50,000 Eastern Pulaski $17,915 Peru $50,000 Source: Indiana Department of Education