WARSAW — The Indiana Department of Homeland Security recently announced the recipients of the 2019 IDHS Safety Grant and Warsaw Community Schools was selected as a recipient to receive $50,000. The school corporation announced the grant would be used to assist in providing overall security for its 13 buildings through the use of school resource officers.
In a press release, WCS announced the importance of continuing to prioritize student and staff safety within its buildings. As part of the 2017-2018 IDHS Safety Grant, WCS’s SROs conducted a thorough safety audit at each building in order to determine needs related to safety and security of building and grounds for the school interior, school exterior and global impressions.
In addition to the safety audit, the Warsaw Safety Team reviewed current and updated social and emotional data for the 2017-2018 school year in order to determine student and building-level
needs. A team of mental health therapists, special education personnel and counselors completed the School Health Assessment and Performance Evaluation assessment in order to determine quality and sustainability of the school corporation’s mental health services.
“We are pleased to learn that we have again received the Indiana Department of Homeland Security Secured School Safety grant,” said Dr. David Robertson, chief academic officer of Warsaw Schools. “The funds we receive through this grant will be used to continue to strengthen our partnerships with local law enforcement agencies through the continued implementation of our School Resource Officer program and facility upgrades. The goal of Warsaw Community Schools is to ensure the safety and welfare of all, and partnerships with organizations like the Department of Homeland Security and our local law enforcement agencies greatly assists in working toward our goals.”