MSD Wayne Receives $100,000 Safety Grant

A grant just received by the MSD of Wayne Township from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security will help the district continue to employ two student resource officers at Ben Davis High School.

The grant, part of the Secured School Safety Grant Program, totals $100,000. MSD Wayne has received seven other grants through the program, totalling more than $600,000.

“The Secured School Safety Grant Program has been and continues to be an amazing resource for us,” said MSD Wayne Superintendent Jeff Butts. “It allows us to continue to keep our schools as secure as possible. And it helps take some of the burden off our district’s taxpayers for the cost of that security.”

MSD Wayne employs eight full-time law enforcement officers. Seven are school resource officers, six of whom are assigned to the district’s secondary schools. The seventh works on truancy and residency issues district-wide.

“These officers are vital to the security of our students and staff,” said Dr. Butts. “Beyond providing important front-line security, they establish relationships with our students. This has on more than one occasion led to information coming to light that serves to prevent actions that could compromise the safety of our students and staff.”

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