EVSC hoping for state grant to beef up school security

The Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation is hoping to get a $50,000 grant from the state to beef up school security.

There are 39 schools in the EVSC, and right now, the corporation is among those applying for some new safety money. It's called the Indiana Secured School Safety Grant.

The new fund will help put police, as well as other safety measures, in schools statewide and it will come in the form of a matching grant.

School corporations can expect up to $50,000. Smaller corporations with less than a thousand students daily can receive $35,000.

EVSC's Chief Administrative Officer Paul Neidig says it's a good move by the state to put extra dollars into safety and security.

"Certainly, $50,000 is a lot of money. It will give us an opportunity to add some additional security measures to some of our buildings. It'll also maybe help us offset some personnel costs that we already incur," Neidig said.

Right now, the Department of Homeland Security is accepting applications. Schools corporations must apply by September 30.

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