Vigo County Sheriff Greg Ewing is making his proposal to increase school safety in the outlying schools here in Vigo County.
After the December school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, officials across the Valley have been working on ways to improve security at schools. The proposal asks for $270,000 from the county council and the Vigo County School Board to pay for ten new "special deputies." These officers would be placed at the rural schools throughout the community to be the first line of defense from potential intruders. Ewing points out that because of the geography, response times are much longer for some of the outlying schools if there are no deputies on site.
The schools will stick with their current security plan until the proposals are voted on and deputies can be trained. The County Council will vote on their half of the funding in March. It will go before the Vigo County School Board for their portion on Monday.