Several area school corporations are recipients of Secured School Safety Grant funds from the state. The program provides matching funds to school corporations to conduct a threat assessment, purchase equipment or restrict access to the school or expedite notice to first responders to hire a school resource officer.
Oregon-Davis and Culver Community School Corporations received grants for equipment purchases, according to a news release from the governor’s office. O-D was a awarded more than $14,000, and Culver Community got more than $23,000.
Eastern Pulaski and West Central Schools were also awarded equipment purchase grants of $22,860 and $14,421 respectively.
South Central received a total grant of $35,000. Of that amount, $11,250 will go to equipment and $23,750 will fund a school resource officer.
Pence calls the program a “valuable partnership between our local schools and the state” and says “the safety of our kids is our highest priority.”
This is the third year grant funds have been awarded. Money comes from the program’s original $3.5 million allocation, $3.5 million from excess Indiana Department of Homeland Security grant funds and more than $3 million in unspent and unallocated funds from previous years.