CEDAR LAKE | Hanover school officials are rushing to get new part-time school resource officers in place by the end of the year.
“Time is of the essence,” Superintendent Thomas Taylor told the Hanover School Board of Trustees during its Tuesday meeting.
Last month, Hanover accepted a Secured Schools Safety grant and a Safe Haven grant.
The school district has received the Safe Haven grant in the past and used it to fund the full-time school resource officer position in the district, Taylor said.
With the addition of the Secured Schools Safety grant, the district can now put some of the Safe Haven money toward hiring police officers to work part-time in its schools.
The grant money funding the part-time positions expires in May, and a different revenue source would be needed to fund the part-time positions after it expires.
Part-time officers will be hired from the Cedar Lake Police Department, Thomas said.
He has been in contact with Town Manager Ian Nicolini, who informed him the part-time resource officer positions must be processed through the Cedar Lake Police Commission.
The Secured Schools Safety grant comes from a new state program that provides matching grants so districts can employ school resource officers and implement other safety measures.
The Safe Haven grant is available through the Indiana Safe School Fund.