Schools: State Money for Security Has Helped; Federal Money Would Help Even More
Indiana schools and police are looking for ways to make your child's school more secure.
About 30 school and police officials and representatives of private security-technology firms joined U.S. Representatives Luke Messer and Susan Brooks at a security roundtable at Hamilton Southeastern High School to praise Indiana's efforts on school security, and discuss how Washington can help.
About 80% of Indiana school districts have taken advantage of Indiana's school security grant program since it began in 2013. The program will hand out $3.5 million to schools over the next two years for measures from school resource officers to buzzer and alarm systems.
But that program is a matching grant. Schools must chip in half the money themselves. Hamilton Southeastern assistant superintendent Mike Beresford says additional money from the federal government would help schools do more.
Messer says there are federal grant programs for schools, but says they're difficult to navigate. He and Brooks have proposed legislation to streamline those programs.