Pence: $9 million in grants to help Indiana schools improve safety

Gov. Mike Pence announced that more than 250 Indiana schools and school corporations will receive grants to conduct threat assessments, purchase new equipment and hire school resource officers.

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 7:07 p.m.

INDIANAPOLIS — More than 250 schools and school corporations across Indiana will receive $9 million in grants to improve safety.

Gov. Mike Pence made the announcement Wednesday, June 4.

“It’s a great honor to announce the continuation of these grants to our local schools across the state,” Pence said. “All of Indiana’s students deserve to learn and grow in a safety environment.”

Seven Elkhart County school corporations will receive up to $50,000 as part of the Secured School Safety Grant program. The program provides matching grants to schools if they want to conduct threat assessments, purchase equipment that restricts access to the school or notifies first responders more efficiently or hire a school resource officer (SRO).

The school corporations include Baugo, Concord, Elkhart, Fairfield, Goshen, Middlebury and Wa-Nee community schools.

All local schools will use the grant money to purchase equipment. Baugo and Wa-Nee community schools will also use their money to employ an SRO.

The Secured School Safety grants were previously awarded for the first time in 2013, totaling more than $9 million.

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