LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Schools nationwide and locally are implementing more security measures in light of recent school shootings.
The Lafayette School Corporation is hoping to make more improvements with a safety grant.
LSC has applied for a Secured School Safety Grant. The state-funded grant helps schools fund security measures to protect students and staff. Applying for the grant has become an annual ritual for LSC.
"Again, we had another recent event in Florida so those things weigh heavily on our minds," said Superintendent Les Huddle.
Huddle said the grant has helped schools across the state become more prepared when it comes to student safety. Right now, schools with 1,000 or more students can apply for $50,000.
"What that means is we have to come up with $50,000 of our own also," said Huddle. "So when we do that, we put that in our budget a year ahead of time."
In the last five years, LSC has used the money to install security cameras and for a school resource officer. It can also be used for other equipment and training.
"We've added new entryways into a building or two because the way they were originally designed, any community member could come into the front door and walk our hallways," said Huddle. "So when a community member walks in now, they can be buzzed in but they will be forced to walk into the office area - again kind of second step of security measures."
Right now, one school resource officer covers all of the schools in LSC. Huddle said if they receive the grant, they're considering adding more.
"Our committee will look at the priorities to see if we have enough funds that we're currently paying for our school resource officers or if this opportunity needs to be another financial resource for us," said Huddle.
Deadlines for the intent to apply is Friday. Grant proposals and budgets must then be submitted by May 21.