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State Agency Heads to Make Further School Security Changes

Pence signs bill, says further measures will be taken for next school year

5/7/2013


Gov. Mike Pence (left) shakes hands with students from Indy's Holy Cross Central School after signing the school security bill. (WIBC.com photo: Eric Berman)

Leaders of state law enforcement and children's agencies will issue recommendations by August on ways to make Indiana schools more secure.

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Governor Pence has signed into law a bill providing matching funds for schools to hire resource officers or beef up physical security. But Pence says he's also formed a working group to examine ways to make sure critical information is shared between agencies and schools.

The governor acknowledges releasing some information may raise confidentiality or privacy issues under current law. He says he'll issue executive orders and administrative rules in time for next school year for steps which don't require legislative approval.

Pence is holding meetings with a group including state school superintendent Glenda Ritz, State Police Superintendent Doug Carter, Department of Child Services director Mary Beth Bonaventura, Homeland Security director John Hill, Office of Faith-Based Initiatives director Jeff Cardwell, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute executive director Mary Allen, and the heads of the sheriffs' and police chiefs' associations.

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