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Lake, Porter schools win state safety grants

State school security grants*

Lake County

Aspire Charter Academy— $12,718 for security equipment.

Crown Point Community School Corp. — $50,000 for security equipment.

Gary Community School Corp. — $25,000 for security equipment.

Hanover Community School Corp. — $27,687.76 to employ an security officer..

Lake Central School Corp. — $39,463.50 for security equipment.

Lake Ridge Schools — $50,000 for security equipment, a threat assessment, and to employ an security officer.

Lake Station Community Schools — $40,000 to employ a security officer..

Merrillville Community Schools — $30,170 for security equipment.

River Forest Community School Corp. — $7,100 for security equipment.

School Town of Highland — $50,000 for security equipment.

School Town of Munster — $30,298.60 for security equipment and to employ officer.

Thea Bowman Leadership Academy — $15,000 to hire security officer.

Tri-Creek School Corp. — $49,316 for security equipment and to employ security officer.

Whiting School City — $50,000 for security equipment, a threat assessment, and to employ security officer.

Porter County·

Duneland School Corp. — $35,000 for security equipment.

East Porter County School Corp. — $49,549.50 for security equipment.

Neighbors’ New Vistas High School —$35,000 to employ a security officer.

Portage Township Schools — $49,658.09 for security equipment.

Porter Township School Corp. — $45,000 for security equipment and to employ security officer.

*Indiana Secured School Safety Grant Program

Updated: December 3, 2013 6:11AM



Fourteen school districts in Lake County and five in Porter County received school safety grants Friday to safeguard schools.

Most schools are using the money to hire school resource officers or to install safety equipment, such as cameras.

Gov. Mike Pence announced more than $9 million in grants through the Security School Safety Grant Program.

“These grants will allow our public schools and school corporations to add resources that will help secure our schools so they can focus on educating our students,” Pence said.

School districts with an enrollment of more than 1,000 students were eligible for grants up to $50,000. Districts under 1,000 students could receive up to $35,000 per year.

Lake Station Community Schools Superintendent Dan DeHaven said his district is employing a security officer and is buying a camera for the high school with its $40,000 grant.

He said the officer, Scott Tokarch, is a retired Lowell police officer and he’s also a Lake Station Edison graduate.

At East Porter County, Kouts Assistant Principal Tom Stoner, who’s also the district’s school safety specialist, said cameras will be installed at the entrances of all three school buildings and at the administration office with its $49,550 grant. He said they would record movements on a DVR and school staffers could view visitors before allowing them into buildings.

“My timeline has it done by the end of summer,” he said.



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