CEDAR LAKE | New grant money will allow the Hanover Community School Corp. to increase security in its schools.
The School Board accepted a Secured Schools Safety Grant for $27,687 and a 2013-14 School Year Safe Haven Grant in the amount of $13,650.
The district has received the Safe Haven grant in the past and used it to fund the school resource officer position, Superintendent Thomas Taylor said.
Now that Hanover also has received the Secured Schools Safety Grant, the district can put some of the Safe Haven money toward hiring police officers to work part time in its schools, he said.
Part-time officers will be hired from the Cedar Lake Police Department, Thomas said.
The Secured Schools grant comes from a new state program that provides matching grants so districts can employ school resource officers and other safety measures.
The Safe Haven money is available through the Indiana Safe School Fund. The fund provides matching grants for school safety plans, school safe haven programs and educational outreach and training.