Schools get more money to hire officers, make hallways safer

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LEBANON — In the second installment of school safety grants, 250 Indiana school districts will get money to make their hallways safer.

The money comes from Indiana’s Secured School Safety Grant Program. Schools received a total of $9 million back in November and another $9 million this time around.

In Lebanon, Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said he planned to use the nearly $50,000 grant to hire a third school resource officer, in partnership with local law enforcement.

“You have to pay attention to safety of kids,” Taylor said.

In recent years, Taylor said he’s noticed priorities change

“It (used to be) one of those areas that was not in the budget. Originally you know, it was, ‘It won’t happen here. It will not happen in Lebanon, Indiana. It will not happen in central Indiana,” Taylor said.

He now believes a tragedy can happen in any school district.

“That has become as high a priority as academic achievement, as quality instruction, as winning basketball games in the state of Indiana. You have to make sure as a superintendent or as a principal or as a headmaster that you are doing everything you can to make sure your students and staff are safe,” Taylor said.

Officer D.J. Schoeff with the Indiana School Resource Officers Association said when it comes to hiring officers, his group recommends they be from law enforcement, not just anyone off the street.

“It’s far more than an armed officer standing there and waiting for something to happen. A truly effective school resource officer is going to be very proactive,” Schoeff said.

The National Association of School Resource Officers points to statistics that it says show when a school expands a resource officer program, juvenile arrests go down nearly 50 percent.

In fact, Taylor said he often see officers make connections with students that extend into the community, particularly if a child is having trouble at home.

“What we found is that an officer who works in schools during the year, encounters those same students, whether it’s the community swimming pool, or whether it’s the little league events or whether it’s at the shopping center,” Taylor said.

Schools must match the grant money with their own resources.

Here is a full list, by county, of schools receiving grants.

Adams
·    Adams Central School Corporation was awarded $37,250 to employ an SRO (school resource officer) and for equipment.
·    North Adams Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    South Adams Schools was awarded $26,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Allen
·    East Allen County Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Fort Wayne Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Metropolitan School District of Southwest Allen County was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Northwest Allen County Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Bartholomew
·    Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Flat Rock-Hawcreek School Corporation was awarded $18,053.50 for equipment.
Benton
·    Benton Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Blackford
·    Blackford County Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Boone
·    Lebanon Community School Corporation was awarded $49,875 to employ an SRO.
·    Western Boone County Community School District was awarded $35,123 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Zionsville Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Brown
·    Brown County School Corporation was awarded $46,625 for equipment.
Carroll
·    Carroll Consolidated School Corporation was awarded $44,900 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Delphi Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Cass
·    Logansport Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Pioneer Regional School Corporation was awarded $22,000 for equipment.
·    Southeastern School Corporation was awarded $40,800 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Clark
·    Clarksville Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Greater Clark County Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Clinton
·    Clinton Central School Corporation was awarded $20,625.50 for equipment.
·    Rossville Consolidated School District was awarded $34,994.70 for equipment.
Crawford
·    Crawford County Community School Corporation was awarded $22,923 for equipment.
Daviess
·    Washington Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Dearborn
·    Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    South Dearborn Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Decatur
·    Decatur County Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Greensburg Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
DeKalb
·    DeKalb County Eastern Community School District was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    DeKalb County Central United School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Delaware
·    Daleville Community Schools was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Delaware Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Liberty-Perry Community School Corporation was awarded $13,518 for equipment.
·    Muncie Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Wes-Del Community Schools was awarded $25,000 for equipment.
Dubois
·    Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools was awarded $25,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Northeast Dubois County School Corporation was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Southeast Dubois County School Corporation was awarded $23,373.50 for equipment.
·    Southwest Dubois County School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Elkhart
·    Baugo Community Schools was awarded $25,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Concord Community Schools was awarded $24,872 for equipment.
·    Elkhart Community Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Fairfield Community Schools was awarded $37,316 for equipment.
·    Goshen Community Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Middlebury Community School Corporation was awarded $45,647 for equipment.
·    Wa-Nee Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Fountain
·    Attica Consolidated School Corporation was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Southeast Fountain School Corporation was awarded $12,649.50 for equipment.
Franklin
·    Batesville Community School Corporation was awarded $37,500 for equipment.
·    Franklin County Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Fulton
·    Rochester Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation was awarded $20,822.34 for equipment.
Gibson
·    East Gibson School Corporation was awarded $10,602 to employ an SRO.
·    North Gibson School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    South Gibson School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Grant
·    Eastbrook Community School Corporation was awarded $30,000 for equipment.
·    Oak Hill United School Corporation was awarded $25,000 for equipment.
Greene
·    Bloomfield School District was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Linton-Stockton School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Shakamak was awarded $15,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    White River Valley School District was awarded $15,000 to employ an SRO.
Hamilton
·    Carmel Clay Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Geist Montessori Academy was awarded $375 for equipment.
·    Hamilton Heights School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Hamilton Southeastern Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Options Charter School – Carmel was awarded $15,600 for equipment.
·    Sheridan Community School Corporation was awarded $40,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Westfield-Washington Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Hancock
·    Community School Corporation of Eastern Hancock County was awarded $49,999.97 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Community School Corporation of Southern Hancock County was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Greenfield-Central Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Mt. Vernon was awarded $45,000 to employ an SRO.
Harrison
·    South Harrison Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Hendricks
·    Avon Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Danville Community School Corporation was awarded $21,200 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Mill Creek Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    North West Hendricks Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Henry
·    Blue River Valley Schools was awarded $22,050 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation was awarded $49,905 for equipment.
·    New Castle Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO, conduct a threat assessment, and for equipment.
·    South Henry School Corporation was awarded $20,000 to employ an SRO.
Howard
·    Eastern Howard School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Kokomo School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Northwestern School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Western School Corporation was awarded $37,195.74 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Huntington
·    Huntington County Community School Corporation was awarded $34,000 for equipment.
Jackson
·    Brownstown Central Community School Corporation was awarded $31,650 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Jasper
·    Kankakee Valley School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Rensselaer Central School Corporation was awarded $26,670 to employ an SRO.
Jay
·    Jay School Corporation was awarded $13,000 to employ an SRO.
Jefferson
·    Madison Consolidated Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Southwestern-Jefferson County Consolidated School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Jennings
·    Jennings County School Corporation was awarded $21,600 to employ an SRO.
Johnson
·    Center Grove Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Clark Pleasant Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Edinburgh Community School Corporation was awarded $30,600 for equipment.
·    Franklin Community School Corporation was awarded $7,500 to employ an SRO.
·    Greenwood Community School Corporation was awarded $6,132 for equipment.
·    Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation was awarded $12,000 for equipment.
Knox
·    North Knox School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    South Knox School Corporation was awarded $40,430.52 to employ an SRO, for equipment, and for administration.
·    Vincennes Community School Corporation was awarded $18,500 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Kosciusko
·    Wawasee Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Whitko Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
LaGrange
·    Lakeland School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Prairie Heights Community School Corporation was awarded $49,441.50 to employ an SRO.
·    Westview School Corporation was awarded $10,375 for equipment.
Lake
·    American Quality Schools Corporation, D.B.A. Thea Bowman Leadership Academy was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Aspire Charter Academy, Inc. was awarded $2,220 for equipment.
·    Charter School of the Dunes was awarded $15,682.50 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Crown Point Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Griffith Public Schools was awarded $38,141 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Hanover Community School Corporation was awarded $27,687.76 to employ an SRO.
·    Lake Ridge Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Lake Station Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Merrillville Community Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    River Forest Community School Corporation was awarded $6,588 for equipment.
·    School City of East Chicago was awarded $7,500 to conduct a threat assessment.
·    School City of Hobart was awarded $25,700 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    School Town of Highland was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    School Town of Munster was awarded $27,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Tri-Creek School Corporation was awarded $47,206 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Whiting School City was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
LaPorte
·    LaPorte Community School Corporation was awarded $44,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Metropolitan School District of New Durham Township was awarded $26,534 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Michigan City Area Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    New Prairie United School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    South Central Community School Corporation was awarded $18,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Lawrence
·    Mitchell Community Schools was awarded $8,508.50 for equipment.
·    North Lawrence Career Center was awarded $17,878 for equipment.
Madison
·    Anderson Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Elwood Community School Corporation was awarded $10,000 to employ an SRO.
·    South Madison Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Marion
·    Andrew J. Brown Charter School Inc. (D.B.A. Andrew J. Brown Academy) was awarded $5,614 for equipment.
·    Beech Grove City Schools was awarded $42,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Challenge Foundation Academy was awarded $13,000 for equipment.
·    Charter Schools, USA, Inc. on behalf of CSUSA at Emma Donnan Middle School, LLC was awarded $30,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Charter Schools, USA, Inc. on behalf of CSUSA at Howe Community High School, LLC was awarded $30,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Damar Charter School, Inc. D.B.A. Damar Charter Academy was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO, for equipment, and for administration.
·    Emmerich Manual High School (CSUSA Manual) was awarded $30,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Fall Creek Academy was awarded $34,800 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Franklin Township Community School Corporation was awarded $40,695 for equipment.
·    Herron High School, Inc. was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Indiana School for the Blind and Visually Impaired was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Indiana School for the Deaf was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Irvington Community School was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Decatur Township was awarded $40,000 for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Metropolitan School District of Perry Township was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Metropolitan School District of Warren Township was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Washington Township was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Paramount School of Excellence, Inc. was awarded $8,000 for equipment.
·    School Town of Speedway was awarded $45,000 to employ an SRO.
·    University Heights Preparatory Academy was awarded $34,300 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Vision Academy at Riverside was awarded $30,000 to employ an SRO.
Marshall
·         Plymouth Community School Corporation was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·         Triton School Corporation was awarded $13,100 for equipment.
Martin
·    Loogootee Community Schools was awarded $4,201.46 for equipment.
·    Shoals Community School Corporation was awarded $33,603 for equipment.
Miami
·    Maconaquah School Corporation was awarded $25,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Peru Community Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Monroe
·    Monroe County Community School Corporation was awarded $36,757 to employ an SRO.
·    Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Montgomery
·    Crawfordsville Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    North Montgomery Community School Corporation was awarded $41,700 to employ an SRO.
·    South Montgomery School Corporation was awarded $41,700 to employ an SRO.
Morgan
·    MSD Martinsville Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Monroe-Gregg School District was awarded $40,500 for equipment.
·    Mooresville Consolidated School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Newton
·    North Newton School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Noble
·    East Noble School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Impact Institute was awarded $25,997.50 for equipment.
·    West Noble School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Ohio
·    Rising Sun-Ohio County Community School Corporation was awarded $24,400 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Orange
·    Orleans Community Schools was awarded $20,345.25 for equipment.
·    Paoli Community School Corporation was awarded $30,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Springs Valley Community School Corporation was awarded $17,500 for equipment.
Owen
·    Spencer-Owen Community Schools was awarded $30,000 to employ an SRO.
Parke
·    North Central Parke Community School Corporation was awarded $23,000 for equipment.
·    Southwest Parke Community School Corporation was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
Perry
·    Tell City-Troy Township School Corporation was awarded $18,554.06 for equipment.
Pike
·    Pike County School Corporation was awarded $37,189 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Porter
·    Duneland School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Boone Township was awarded $9,327.06 for equipment.
·    Neighbors’ Educational Opportunities, Inc. D.B.A. Neighbors’ New Vistas High School was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Portage Township Schools was awarded $49,596 for equipment.
·    Porter Township School Corporation was awarded $22,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Posey
·    Metropolitan School District of North Posey County was awarded $15,500 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Pulaski
·    Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation was awarded $17,302.43 to conduct a threat assessment and for equipment.
Putnam
·    Cloverdale Community School Corporation was awarded $31,475 for equipment.
·    Greencastle Community School Corporation was awarded $3,801 for equipment.
Randolph
·    Randolph Central School Corporation was awarded $49,976.48 for equipment.
·    Randolph Eastern School Corporation was awarded $11,000.50 for equipment.
·    Randolph Southern School Corporation was awarded $9,553.84 for equipment.
Ripley
·    Jac-Cen-Del Community School Corporation was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Milan Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    South Ripley Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Southeastern Career Center was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Sunman Dearborn Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Rush
·    Rush County Schools was awarded $20,000 to conduct a threat assessment.
Scott
·    Scott County School District 1 was awarded $18,986.38 for equipment.
·    Scott County School District 2 was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Shelby
·    Blue River Career Programs was awarded $23,500 for equipment.
·    Northwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County was awarded $31,500 for equipment.
·    Shelby Eastern Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Shelbyville Central Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Southwestern Consolidated School District of Shelby County was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
Spencer
·    South Spencer County School Corporation was awarded $49,000 for equipment.
St. Joseph
·    John Glenn School Corporation was awarded $27,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    School City of Mishawaka was awarded $25,000 to employ an SRO.
·    South Bend Community School Corporation was awarded $48,920 for equipment.
·    Union-North United School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Starke
·    Knox Community School Corporation was awarded $30,752.60 for equipment.
·    Oregon-Davis School Corporation was awarded $32,000 to employ an SRO.
Steuben
·    Fremont Community Schools was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Hamilton Community Schools was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Steuben County was awarded $21,600 to employ an SRO.
Sullivan
·    Southwest School Corporation was awarded $45,000 for equipment.
Switzerland
·    Switzerland County School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Tippecanoe
·    Lafayette School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Tippecanoe School Corporation was awarded $49,920.63 to employ an SRO.
Tipton
·    Tipton Community School Corporation was awarded $20,000 for equipment.
·    Tri-Central Community Schools was awarded $15,149 for equipment.
Union
·    Union County College Corner Joint School District was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Vanderburgh
·    Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
Vigo
·    Vigo County School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Wabash
·    Manchester Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
·    Metropolitan School District of Wabash County was awarded $31,500 to employ an SRO.
·    Wabash City Schools was awarded $18,600 to employ an SRO.
Warren
·    Metropolitan School District of Warren County was awarded $36,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Warrick
·    Warrick County School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Washington
·    East Washington School Corporation was awarded $15,000 for equipment.
·    Salem Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO and for equipment.
Wayne
·    Centerville-Abington Community School Corporation was awarded $50,000 for equipment.
·    Nettle Creek School Corporation was awarded $25,000 for equipment.
·    Richmond Community Schools was awarded $44,400 for equipment.
·    Western Wayne Schools was awarded $35,000 to employ an SRO.
Wells
·    Bluffton-Harrison Metropolitan School District was awarded $30,000 for equipment.
·    Northern Wells Community Schools was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
·    Southern Wells Community Schools was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
White
·    Frontier School Corporation was awarded $35,000 for equipment.
·    Twin Lakes School Corporation was awarded $50,000 to employ an SRO.
Whitley
·    Smith-Green Community Schools was awarded $36,945.74 to employ an SRO.
·    Whitley County Consolidated Schools was awarded $50,000 for equipment.