All school buildings are now locked. More security cameras were installed. School staff went through active-shooter training with police officers. A school protection officer was placed at the front door of each building. All visitors are escorted through the halls.
“We tightened things up in a pleasant way, a caring way,” Tanoos said.
He both asked legislators to consider funding security upgrades for schools throughout Indiana and put in a plug for Vigo County’s receiving a $50,000 Safe Schools Grant approved by the legislature, even though the school district was proactive in establishing its own program before the state mandate and has used funds in its cash balance to pay for officer salaries.
In response to legislators’ questions, Tanoos noted that no teachers or staff are allowed to carry weapons in the schools.