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June 12, 2014

Local schools awarded $225,000 for safety upgrades

Districts using money for SROs and additional cameras

Six area school districts received more than $225,000 recently in the state grant funding for additional school security.

For the past two years, the Indiana Secured School Safety Board has awarded more than $9 million each year to about 250 schools in the state.

This wave of grants will allow schools to employ a school resource officer, install security equipment or conduct a threat assessment.

Receiving grants locally for both an SRO and equipment were Carroll Consolidated School Corp., Delphi Community School Corp. and Logansport Community Schools.

Pioneer Regional School Corp., Southeastern School Corp. and Eastern Pulaski Community Schools received funding for security equipment. The only school district that didn’t apply for a grant was Caston School Corp.

The Secured School Safety Grant Program is a matching grant, meaning school corporations’ requests were based on what they had budgeted for safety.

At Logansport, the corporation will combine its $50,000 grant and its budgeted $50,000 to hire an SRO and purchase additional security equipment.

Superintendent Michele Starkey said they plan to add a full-time SRO at Lincoln Middle School. It would give the corporation three overall, one at each middle school and one at the high school.

The rest of the funding will be used for the infrastructure of more cameras at the four elementary schools. Last year, the district received a $50,000 safety grant for an SRO at Columbia Middle School and cameras at the high schools and middle schools.

Starkey also added that the district will adjust future budgets in order to keep paying the new SRO’s salary and also continue to apply for security grants in the future.

Southeastern Superintendent Trudie Hedrick said the district is focusing on a “secure identification system” for the schools with its $40,800 in grant money.

When teachers enter buildings, they’ll have an ID card that allows them entrance to the school and allows the system to track who is in the building.

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