Three Daviess County school corporations have been awarded grants for security from the state of Indiana.
The Washington, North Daviess, and Barr-Reeve school districts were awarded a combined 115 thousand dollars from the first round of the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program. Statewide, 9 million dollars was awarded through this program. The program was created and funding made available in response to the shootings that took place at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.
The money is in the form of 50-50 matching grants. The funds can be utilized to employ a school resource officer, complete an assessment of threats to the corporation, or to purchase equipment that restricts access to the school and/or speeds up the process of notifying first responders in the event of an emergency.
The North Daviess school district was given a 50 thousand dollar grant (the maximum that can be awarded). North Daviess officials say they plan to upgrade security including more cameras, panic buttons, and upgrades to magnetic locks. The Washington school district also received the maximum 50 thousand dollar grant. They plan to work with the Washington Police Department to hire a school resource officer. The Barr-Reeve district was unable to get a maximum grant due to being a small school district. Officials say the state did provide a 15 thousand dollar grant which they plan to use for equipment.