North Posey corporation gets $15,000 school safety grant

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The North Posey school corporation is among more than 250 recipients of more than $9 million in grants recently.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence today announced those who will be awarded through the Secured School Safety Grant Program. The Indiana Secured School Safety Board approved the grants.
North Posey was awarded $15,500 to employ an SRO and to purchase equipment.
 “It’s a great honor to announce the continuation of these grants to our local schools across the state. All of Indiana’s students deserve to learn and grow in a safe environment,” said Governor Pence. “This is a large step in our partnership with Hoosier families and the local schools to help protect Indiana’s students.”
 This is the second time Secured School Safety grants have been awarded. The first awards, announced No. 1, 2013, also totaled more than $9 million.
 The Secured School Safety Grant program is a dedicated state grant fund that provides matching grants to school corporations, charter schools, or coalitions of school corporations and/or charter schools applying jointly to:
• Conduct a threat assessment;
• Purchase equipment to restrict access to the school or expedite the notification of first responders; and/or
• Employ a school resource officer (SRO).
Of the awarded funding, nearly $5 million will be used to purchase equipment and more than $4 million will go to employ school resource officers. Additionally, nearly $32,000 has been awarded to conduct four threat assessments.
 School corporations, charter schools, or coalitions with an average daily membership (ADM) of at least 1,000 students applied for grants of up to $50,000. Eligible entities with an ADM of less than 1,000 students applied for grants of up to $35,000.
During the 2014 legislative session, the pool of eligible recipients was expanded to include cooperative career and technical education centers.
The members of the Secured School Safety Grant Program are:Mary Allen, Director of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute; Eric Bowlen, Principal at Ronald K. Bell East-Middle School of Martinsville; Doug Carter, Superintendent of the Indiana State Police; Mike Eslinger, Sheriff of Parke County; John Hill, Director of the Indiana Department of Homeland Security; Scott Reske, Executive Director of Public and Governmental Affairs for the Indiana Department of Education; and Greg Zoeller, Attorney General.