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Vigo County Schools Vote To Spend On Security


After the attack at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown Connecticut, there have been calls from some to have armed guards or police officers in every school.

Here in Terre Haute and Vigo County that idea could become a reality.

Terre Haute Police and officials with the Vigo County School Corporation announced a new security plan for schools in the city Monday.

The plan in the city is similar to one earlier proposed by Vigo County Sheriff Gregg Ewing

The sheriffs department wants to post an officer at each school in the county and city police want to station  an officer at each of the twelve schools in the city.

The city plan would cost $353,000, officials estimated Tuesday. Half of that cost would be paid by the schools while the other half would be paid with funds from the Terre Haute Police seized assets fund, authorities said.

The county plan would be $270,000 with that cost split between the schools and the county government.

Total proposed cost to the school corporation is $311,500 annually.

Last night the Vigo County School Corporation voted unanimously to approve the plans.  Superintendent Dan Tanoos says that the corporation has a healthy cash balance and will be able to sustain the added expense over the long haul.