Indiana Allocates More Than $19 Million To School Safety

(UNDATED) – 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.

Receiving grants locally are:

Lawrence County

  • Mitchell Community Schools – $37,500

Daviess County

  • Barr-Reeve Community Schools Inc. – $13,960
  • North Daviess Com Schools – $26,000
  • Washington Catholic Middle/High School – $13,850
  • Washington Community Schools -$25,000

Greene County

  • Bloomfield School District – $20,000
  • Eastern Greene Schools – $23,760
  • Linton-Stockton School Corporation – $50,000
  • MSD Shakamak Schools – $15,000
  • White River Valley School District – $35,000

Jackson County

  • Brownstown Community School Corporation – $68,000
  • Seymour Community Schools Jackson – $100,000
  • St. John’s Lutheran School Jackson – $17,500

Martin County

  • Loogootee Community School Corporation – $20,666.67
  • Shoals Community School Corporation – $31,200

Monroe County

  • Covenant Christian School – $25,730.59
  • Monroe County Community School Corporation – $50,000
  • Richland-Bean Blossom Community School Corporation – $99,540
  • Seven Oaks Classical School Monroe – $21,470

Morgan County

  • Eminence Community School Corporation – $34,500
  • M S D Martinsville Schools – $50,000
  • Monroe-Gregg School District – $40,001
  • Mooresville Community School Corporation – $96,150

Orange County

  • Orleans Community Schools – $50,000
  • Paoli Community School Corporation – $35,000
  • Springs Valley Com School Corporation – $46,000.00

“Education is a Hoosier priority, and Indiana remains fully committed to ensuring the safety of our schools. 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,” Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb said.

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 (SSSG). 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.

Schools have received notification that their top priority requests were fully funded for all eligible items. The General Assembly allocated $19 million to the grant fund for each of the past two years. The $19 million annual investments are the largest single year investments ever dedicated to safety in Hoosier schools.

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. Visit the IDHS website for a full breakdown of SSSG awards.

“Even with the changes brought by COVID-19, the Secured Schools Board continues to focus on school-safety initiatives in Indiana,” said Rusty Goodpaster, director of the Secured School Board. “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 (SROs) 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.

The Indiana School Safety Hub also provides schools with a wealth of resources, training opportunities and other information designed to give schools the tools they need to keep students and staff safe.