Local schools receive grants earmarked to increase safety

 

Eight La Porte County schools and school districts will receive a total of  $285,158 in state grants to improve their safety measures, Inside Indiana Business reports.

Of that total, $72,500 is earmarked for La Porte Community School Corporation.

The Secured School Safety Grants fund such measures as employing a school resource officer (salary, benefits and 40-hour training course);  conducting a threat assessment; purchasing equipment to restrict access to the school or expediting notification of first responders; supporting firearms training in districts that choose to implement such programs; supporting creation of a student and parent support services program; and/or funding  the startup costs of an active alert warning system.

Local schools or districts and the amounts they will receive include:

La Lumiere School — $21,811

La Porte Community School Corp. — $72,500

MSD of New Durham Township — $26,670

New Prairie United School Corp. — $70,000

Renaissance Academy Charter School — $18,177

Queen of All Saints School — $16,000

South Central Community School Corp. — $40,000

Tri-Township School Corp. — $20,000

The Indiana Secured School Board, which announced that a total of 418 schools submitted applications, also approved to fully fund all school threat assessment projects and plans for health and wellness support services.

“Education is a Hoosier priority, and Indiana remains fully committed to ensuring the safety of our schools. I’m proud that continued funding through this grant program can meet the top safety needs of school districts and help parents, students and staff feel safe and secure each day,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said.

The General Assembly allocated $19 million to the fund for the last two years, which makes the annual investments the largest single-year investments ever solely used for Hoosier school safety.

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security administers the SSSG fund, which has distributed more than $91 million since 2013. The grants are matched by schools at 25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent. The match requirement is based on the average daily membership of the district, the total amount, or what the request is able to cover.

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