School police focus of bill; Superintendents worried if the funding will last

Schools could get help from the state paying for added security, but superintendents are concerned about how long the money would last.

State lawmakers are considering whether to help schools pay for full-time resource officers. Currently, Center Grove, which has its own police department, is the only local school district with a full-time police officer at any of its buildings. Franklin has one school resource officer, an off-duty Franklin Police Department officer, who is at the high school for about two hours a day.

A proposal being considered by the state legislature would set aside $10 million each year that school districts could use to pay for half or $50,000 — whichever is less — of the cost of a school resource officer. State Sen. Tom Wyss, R-Fort Wayne, one of the bill’s co-authors, said that the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were the impetus behind providing additional security for Indiana schools.

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