SAFETY GRANTS: County schools receive $120,411.60

COLUMBIA CITY — 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 County’s schools $120,411.60 of the state’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 governor’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.To read the rest of this story, see the Nov. 7 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.