TRI-STATE (WFIE) - Six schools in the Evansville Catholic Diocese are improving security after getting approval from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
It's the first year private schools were eligible to apply.
Schools receiving grant money:
- Flaget Elementary (Vincennes)
- Holy Rosary Catholic School (Evansville)
- Resurrection Catholic School (Evansville)
- Rivet Middle/High School (Vincennes)
- St. James Catholic School (Haubstadt)
- St. Wendel Catholic School (Wadesville)
Resurrection Catholic School already has security measures in place on the outside. You can't get into the building until you hit the button and the secretary unlocks the door.
But the principal tells us it's internal security that's due for an update.
"Just all for the safety of the kids," Resurrection Principal Theresa Berendes said.
Both Principal Berendes and the secretary will soon have better control on who enters the building. Teachers will be able to alert 911 and other staff more quickly in case of an emergency.
The school must match the $35,000 grant, which means $70,000 will go into the improvements. Berendes says she's thankful that this money is putting kids first.
"You know it's so important, and there's so many different pieces of technology out there now that are great for the safety of the kids," Berendes explained. "It's just wonderful. And it helps us, this matching grant, to be able to go from $35,000 to $75,000 is just for us so incredible."
The principal says without this grant money, they still would be making these security changes, just at a slower pace. She says she's not sure when the changes will go into place here, but she says the money has to be spent before next fall.
But for now, security will remain as usual here at Resurrection Catholic School