‘Say cheese’ at LSC, $50K grant for cameras

TIPPECANOE CO., Ind. (WLFI) — The state of Indiana awarded more than $9 million in grants to school districts as a way to improve safety. Lafayette School Corporation is one of 17 school districts in our viewing area that were selected to receive the money.

“When you enter our school property, you’re going to be on camera,” Lafayette School Corporation Superintendent Les Huddle said.

That is the goal Huddle has for all 12 schools in the Lafayette School Corporation. He said thanks to a grant from the state, it’s becoming a reality.

LSC was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Indiana Secured School Safety Program. The matching grant will allow the corporation to purchase security cameras. Huddle said the new cameras will be placed through Earhart, Edglea, Glen Acres and Vinton elementary schools.

“Our administrators and the people who sit in the main office of those buildings will be able to monitor the building, and hopefully if anything does happen we will be able to get it on camera and avoid it from happening in the future,” Huddle explained.

The program started in 2013 and this is the second time LSC is receiving the grant. Last year’s grant was used to add cameras to various schools, including Sunnyside Intermediate School.

Assistant principal Matt Brown said adding additional cameras allows for better management of security at the schools.

“Adding security cameras to our facility and to multiple locations within our facility allow us to monitor an entire building from one setting,” Brown said.

Schools who receive the grant can also use the money for conducting threat assessments or hiring a school resource officer. Brown said although LSC doesn’t have a resource officer at all times, the cameras provide an extra layer of security.

“Ultimately, you’re just trying to provide the safest environment possible for your teachers and your students,” stated Brown.

Huddle said it’s just an extra step to make sure students and staff stay safe.

“There’s always an extra step you can go with security,” said Huddle. “This is just the next step in our process to make our building safe and secure for students, staff and parents.”

Huddle said the new cameras will be installed in January 2015.

Lafayette School Corporation is just one of more than 15 school districts in the News 18 viewing area to receive the grant. To view the list of schools, with the amount they received and how the money will be used, click here.

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