EH addresses security needs

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Beefed up school security, primarily in the form of approximately $60,000 in facilities improvements and equipment, will be on the Eastern Hancock School Board’s wish list to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security for the second round of a $20 million state grant campaign.

After receiving input from local and state law enforcement agencies along with representatives of the county’s emergency management team after the board’s February meeting, superintendent Randy Harris outlined recommendations that will be presented to state officials.

EH, like the county’s other school districts, already is receiving money from the state for school security. EH received $37,000 of its $50,000 request.

The matching grant will allow the school system to install new door locks in campus classrooms, hang extra security cameras and allow office staff the ability to lock down access to the building.

Though the school has state approval, the funds have yet to be distributed.

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