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MC Weekly

June 18, 2014

Schools awarded safety grants

More than $297,000 will support purchases and personnel

Area schools will receive more than $297,000 of the $9 million Gov. Mike Pence announced last week will be distributed to improve school safety measures.

This is the second time the Indiana Department of Homeland Security has administered the Secured School Safety grants. In 2013 and again this year, the state dedicated more than $9 million to the effort.

“It’s a great honor to announce the continuation of these grants to our local schools across the state,” Pence said in a press release. “All of Indiana’s students deserve to learn and grow in a safe environment. This is a large step in our partnership with Hoosier families and the local schools to help protect Indiana’s students.”

Schools must provide matching funds to receive the grants, and the money can be used to conduct a threat assessment, purchase equipment to restrict access to a school or expedite the notification of emergency first responders or to employ a school resource officer.

The following area schools will receive a Secured School Safety grant for the 2014-15 school year:

• Peru Community School Corp. – $50,000 for equipment;

• Maconaquah School Corp. – $25,000 to employ a SRO;

• Eastern Howard County School Corp. – $50,000 for equipment;

• Kokomo School Corp. – $50,000 to employ a school resource officer;

• Northwestern School Corp. – $50,000 to employ a SRO and for equipment;

• Western School Corp. – $37,195 to employ a SRO and for equipment;

• Tipton Community School Corp. – $20,000 for equipment; and

• Tri-Central Community School Corp. – $15,149 for equipment.

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