INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Secured School Board has approved more than $19 million in matching state grant funds, marking a second consecutive year of record-breaking school safety investments.
“Education is a Hoosier priority, and Indiana remains fully committed to ensuring the safety of our schools,” Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb said. “I’m proud that continued funding through this grant program can meet the top safety needs of school districts and help parents, students and staff feel safe and secure each day.”
The $19.4 million in awards allows the Board to fully fund all eligible, top-priority projects identified by 418 schools in their applications to the Secured School Safety Grant program. In addition, the Board fully funded all school threat assessment projects, as well as eligible projects geared toward implementing health and wellness support services for parents and students.
The SSSG fund is administered by the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Including the funds committed this year, the SSSG program will have distributed more than $91 million in state matching grants to schools since the program became law in 2013. All of these funds focus specifically on school safety.
“Even with the changes brought by COVID-19, the Secured Schools Board continues to focus on school-safety initiatives in Indiana,” Rusty Goodpaster, director of the Secured School Board, said. “The budgetary support provided by the state empowers schools to continue to build safe, supportive environments for their students.”
The SSSG issues matching grants for eligible items and then schools match those funds at a certain level, either 25 percent, 50 percent or 100 percent. The match requirement is based on average daily membership of the school district, the total amount of the project or what the request covers.
Eligible items in the grant include funding for school resource officers and law enforcement officers in schools; equipment and technology; active event warning systems (no matching requirement); firearms training for teachers and staff that choose to allow guns on school property; threat assessments and to implement a student and parent support services program.
Area schools receiving funding include:
- Clay Community Schools – $50,001.00
- Barr-Reeve Community Schools Inc – $13,960.00
- North Daviess Com Schools – $26,000.00
- Washington Catholic Mid/High School – $13,850.00
- Washington Community Schools – $25,000.00
- Bloomfield School District – $20,000.00
- Eastern Greene Schools – $23,760.00
- Linton-Stockton School Corp – $50,000.00
- M S D Shakamak Schools – $15,000.00
- White River Valley School District – $35,000.00
- Flaget Elementary School – $85,500.00
- North Knox School Corp – $50,000.00
- South Knox School Corp – $36,000.00
- Vincennes Community School Corp – $50,000.00
- Loogootee Community School Corp – $20,666.67
- Shoals Community School Corp – $31,200.00
- North Central Parke Community School Corp – $36,000.00
- Southwest School Corporation – $95,300.00
- North Vermillion Com School Corp – $30,000.00
- South Vermillion Com School Corp – $50,010.47
Holy Cross School – $20,000.00
Saint Patrick School – $23,310.00
Vigo County School Corp – $97,767.60