The Franklin County Community School Corp. is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, according to superintendent Dr. Debbie Howell.
The grant will be used to provide funding for the position of a school resource officer in the school system for one year. It must be matched by an additional $50,000 from the school corporation to pay for additional security equipment and/or structural changes that will enhance security. FCCSC officials will have an opportunity to apply for a second year of funding if the program is successful.
Howell stated this was a competitive grant process, and she is extremely pleased that the corporation was selected as a recipient. About 2,800 students and employees attending and working in the five Franklin County schools will benefit from the additional security measures this grant will afford. “This is an excellent opportunity to partner with local law enforcement and improve safety in and around our schools. Obviously, our goal is to maintain a safe environment that is conducive to teaching and learning,” she pointed out.
Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy agreed, “I have been extremely impressed with the progress that our school corporation has made in tightening security and access to the buildings under Dr. Howell’s leadership. The position of school resource officer will be huge for both law enforcement and the school system. I am really excited about the opportunity we have to establish a presence in the schools and build long-term relationships with the students, school employees and parents.”