“Congratulations on being a model, along with hundreds of other schools across Indiana,” Pence said, noting that six of Avon’s schools have door-locking devices, with 10 more slated to get the technology soon.
Anne Englehart, president of the Avon School Board, praised the committee that wrote their corporation’s grant proposal.
“A child feeling safe is a major factor at school,” she said. “It’s great for our staff as well because they need to be able to do their jobs and not worry about intruders. It’s sad we have to do this, but it’s the reality and we have to stay ahead of the curve.”
The idea of providing extra funding for school security began with a bill introduced in the last General Assembly by State Sen. Pete Miller, whose district includes Avon. He’s pleased with how the Secured School Safety Grant Program is evenly spread statewide.
“I tried to stop, take it all in, and look at those kids’ faces,” Miller said of the students who stood with the governor. “That’s what this is all about. It’s very gratifying.”
The Brownsburg Community School Corporation also received $50,000 in grants, while North West Hendricks was awarded $41,000, Danville $35,250, and Mill Creek $32,500.