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Indiana schools receive grants to increase security

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INDIANA (WFIE) -

Schools across Indiana are getting thousands of dollars in grants to improve school safety. Some of those schools are here in the Tri-State.

Governor Mike Pence says in total, the secured school safety grant program is giving more than $9-million in grants.

The maximum amount a district can receive is $50,000. It's a matching grant program so the schools are paying to match the amount they're getting from grants.

Parents all over Indiana are often concerned about their kids safety while in school.

One mother says she always tries to keep an eye on her kids, and worries when she can't.

"A lot of us have to walk our kids to school, so it is kind of scary," said Shelley Bailey. "It's really important to me that there's many people around and watching out."

Shelley's kids' school is one of more than 200 getting new ways to boost security. This comes after the Sandy Hook School shooting, prompting lawmakers to create a new law making the grant program possible.

93 schools are getting new officers. School administrators say they will be more than just security guards.

"To act in a capacity to as someone the students can relate to outside of a law enforcement environment," said Dr. Robert Taylor. "Really, it's a combination of school counselor, of trusted adult of a strong mentor."

Other schools will be getting surveillance cameras and stronger doors that will have buzzers and will require visitor IDs.

Many schools across the state are already teaching students what to do in "active shooter" situations: Run, lock the doors, and if necessary, fight back.

Districts in Daviess, Dubois, Gibson, Perry, Posey, Spencer, and Vanderburgh Counties are receiving the grant money.

The EVSC received a $50,000 grant for safety equipment.

Marsha Jackson tells 14 News that money will be spent on improving security for schools that don't have as much as others.

To find out which districts, within their county, will be receiving grant money you can visit their 14 News Community page:

Daviess

  • Barr-Reeve Community Schools - $15,000 for school security equipment
  • North Daviess Community Schools - $50,000 for school security equipment
  • Washington Community Schools - $50,000 for school resource officer

Dubois County

Gibson County

Spencer and Perry Counties

Posey County

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