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COLUMBIA CITY â€” School officials have been working hard to increase school safety for the last several months.
Officials have partnered with local law enforcement agencies to form a School Safety Commission, created safety plans for every building in their districts, and have opened up buildings for officers to conduct extra training.
Friday, the school systems received a boost in their safety efforts, as Indiana Governor Mike Pence awarded Whitley Countyâ€™s schools $120,411.60 of the stateâ€™s $9 million in grant money.
The grants, through the Secured School Safety Grant program, were approved by the Indiana Secured School Safety Board, the governorâ€™s office said.
The program provides matching grants to school corporations seeking to employ a school resource officer, conduct a threat assessment or to purchase equipment to restrict access or to expedite notification of first responders.
Whitley County Consolidated Schools, Smith-Green Community Schools and Whitko Community School Corporation are all looking to add a school resource officer to the school system.
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