Elkhart County school systems get grant money for school safety
Gov. Mike Pence announced on Wednesday, June 4, that $9 million would be awarded to Indiana schools to help address safety issues.
Schools are required to raise the same amount that they are given in order to receive the grant. Baugo schools, for example, were awarded $25,000 and must direct $12,500 within their budget to safety in order to receive the grant.
Baugo will be using the money to install a rapid responder crisis management system, which will take data from the school and send it directly to emergency responders. Baugo also previously paid the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Department $25,000 to have a Student Resource Officer (SRO) present at the school.
Even though the grant requires them to pull together money from its own budget, it ends up saving the school money. Bruce Perry, the Director of Finance for Baugo, stated that it is always worth applying.
“There are always things we want to do to improve our facility and make it safer,“ said Perry. “It frees up $12,500 that we can put back into benefiting the classroom or the teachers.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects schools to receive the money within three to six months. Below is a list of how much each school system was awarded. John Erickson of DHS says that the amount awarded depends on what each school is qualified for, and how much of the grant they can match with internal funds. Those who can match 100 percent of the grant were more likely to be awarded a higher amount.
- Baugo Community Schools was awarded $25,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
- Concord Community Schools was awarded $24,872 for equipment.
- Elkhart Community Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
- Fairfield Community Schools was awarded $37,316 for equipment.
- Goshen Community Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
- Middlebury Community School Corporation was awarded $45,647 for equipment.
- Wa-Nee Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
- South Bend Community School Corporation was awarded $48,920 for equipment.
- Wawasee Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.