A $50,000 matching grant awarded by the state was accepted by the Goshen School Board Monday night. The money will be used to purchase and install security cameras in all of the schools.
Assistant Superintendent Bob Evans said cameras with phones will be placed at the entrances and there will also be security cameras inside the school that are networked. This will allow the Goshen police to have access to the monitors remotely.
A security team is being developed corporation wide. Evans said five principals and assistant principals have already undergone training as school safety specialists. Two more will need to be sent by the end of the year.
A meeting between administrators on safety is set for this week.
Goshen will need to match the $50,000 Indiana Secured School Safety Grant.
Business Manager Jerry Hawkins said the money will need to come from the common school fund or the capital projects fund.
In other matters, board members learned from Superintendent Diane Woodworth that Technical Review Committee has narrowed down its search for construction/architecture firms for the school construction project.
Seven firms were being looked at, and the committee narrowed it down to three: Hagerman Group of Fort Wayne; Ancon Construction of Goshen and Barton Coe Vilamaa of Fort Wayne; and Weigand Construction and Moake Park Group of Fort Wayne.
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