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Local schools to receive safety grants

by the WPD STAFF

All three public school systems in Wabash County will be receiving school safety grants, Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office announced on Monday.

Nearly 400 schools across the state applied for the funding, which totals more than $14 million for the upcoming school year, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Grants may be used only for safety purposes, including hiring school resource officers, conducting threat assessments and purchasing safety equipment to restrict access to school buildings or improve communication with first responders, the DHS said.

The awards break down as follows:

n Metropolitan School District of Wabash County for $25,000

n Wabash City Schools for $30,000

n Manchester Community Schools for $30,000

Holcomb also announced on Monday that the State will be making handheld metal detectors available for free to all schools that wish to have them.

“Controlling what comes into our school buildings is just one important part of keeping our schools safe, and our efforts to assist school corporations must be ongoing and evolving,” Holcomb said in a statement Monday. “Local officials are best positioned to determine their school safety needs and the measures that make sense for their students and communities, and – for many – these handheld metal detectors could make a substantial difference.”