The Herald Bulletin

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Local Education

June 6, 2014

State awards $9 million for school safety

INDIANAPOLIS — Four central Indiana school corporations have received $145,000 to improve school safety under the Secured School Safety Grant Program.

The corporations are among more than 250 Indiana schools and school districts sharing in some $9 million in state grants.

The grants were announced Wednesday by Gov. Mike Pence. He said in a statement that “all of Indiana’s students deserve to learn and grow in a safe environment.”

In Madison County, Anderson Community Schools received $50,000 to buy security equipment; Elwood Community Schools received $10,000 to help pay for a school resource officer; and South Madison Community Schools received $50,000 to buy equipment and pay for a school resource officer, according to the governor’s office.

Daleville Community Schools in Delaware County received a $35,000 grant to hire a school resource officer.

The governor’s office says nearly $5 million of the funding through the Secured School Safety Grant Program will go toward purchasing new equipment for schools. The remaining $4 million will pay for hiring school resource officers.

Another $32,000 in grant money was awarded to four school districts for conducting school threat assessments.

The grants were approved by the Indiana Secured School Safety Board. Similar grants were awarded to schools in November.

“This is a large step in our partnership with Hoosier families and local schools to help protect Indiana’s students,” Pence said.

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