Several local schools recently received more than $290,000 through the state’s Secured School Safety Grant Program, according to State Representatives Jack Jordan (R-Bremen) and Jake Teshka (R-North Liberty).
Jordan said the funding is part of the state legislature’s significant investments this year in school safety, which totaled $29.8 million in state matching grants across 474 schools in Indiana.
“Indiana and local schools continue to work together to ensure students and staff are safe,” Jordan said. “These grants are a great example of how we can partner up, so schools can address their specific needs and build on their safety efforts.”
Local schools receiving grants include:
Argos Community Schools, $80,540;
Bremen Public Schools, $36,842;
Culver Community Schools Corp., $100,000;
Plymouth Community School Corp., $27,750; and
Triton School Corp., $45,000.
Funds can be used for a range of safety needs like support for resource officers and law enforcement officers in schools, equipment and technology, active-event warning systems, threat assessments, and student and parent support services programs. In 2023, the Indiana General Assembly expanded the list of possible uses for the grants to include help covering the costs of much-needed technology upgrades, and to have better coordination with local government and law enforcement.
“This program is a great tool that allows schools to make necessary upgrades to keep everyone safe,” Teshka said. “With this matching grant program, schools are able to stretch their dollars further to meet their needs to ensure students and staff are safe.”
Hoosier schools have received about $163 million in school safety matching grants since 2014.
To learn more about the Secured School Safety Grant Program and what Indiana’s doing to keep schools safe, visit the state’s school safety hub at in.gov/schoolsafety.