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Giving schools additional resources for safety

Posted at 8:56 PM, Jan 04, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- A new proposal would give school districts additional resources to keep students safe, but it would come at a cost to both parents and property taxpayers.

The proposal would help schools fund systems like  the one at Southwestern High School in Shelbyville which is directly connected to law enforcement in real time.

Doors at the school are built to withstand an active shooter's attempts to get inside.

Senator Phil Boots' plan would give school districts the ability to collect a fee from parents of up to $20 per student per year, and/or a public safety fee of up to $10 per month from each property taxpayer within the school district.

School leaders could collect the money for as many as five years, or whenever they determine there's enough to implement the system.

The anticipated cost is $125,000 to $150,000.

The state's Department of Homeland Security would be required to review and approve all new systems.

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