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Grant helps fund School Resource Officers, Social Worker

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) approved a project for partial funding for Hanover Community School Corporation in the amount of $77,703.68. The amount is awarded Sept. 1 and the performance period is through Aug. 31 of 2020.

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Officer Jarrett Stickle takes his turn down the slide.

Michael O’Donnell, Director of Safety and Security, applied for the grant and was thrilled when he received word that it was approved.

“I was very excited,” Mr. O’Donnell said. “This is a very competitive grant and 525 school districts applied for a total of $19 million that was available.”

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Officer Jarrett Stickle tests his strength against a student at Jane Ball Elementary School.

Mr. O’Donnell had applied for $100,000 but the IDHS cut a few of the projects that were not considered high priority.  

The money awarded is divided into two groups. Priority One Project Scope was awarded to the SRO program in the amount of $57,703.68. Project Scope awarded for the implementation of student and parent support services plan in the amount of $20,000.

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Officer Jason Allande and Sgt. Dave Moake hang out with the children on the playground at Jane Ball Elementary.

Some of the money that was awarded will be used for Sgt. David Moake, for half his salary. He is the SRO for Hanover Central Middle School. The money will also help the school corporation have enough SROs to cover the elementary schools. “Last year we had an SRO in the elementary schools about two hours a day. We now have SROs in the two elementary schools for six hours a day for each building,” Mr. O’Donnell said.

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The SROs take time out to have fun on the playground at Jane Ball Elementary School.

"This is a tremendous opportunity to increase our SRO presence within the District,” said Hanover Community Schools Superintendent Mary Tracy-MacAulay. “The safety and security of our students, staff and facilities is something which we are consistently assessing to ensure a safe and secure learning environment."

The SROs include Cpl. Jason Allande, Officer Jarrett Stickle, Officer Ryan Miller, Sgt. Dave Moake, Sgt. Tim Kilgore, Officer Morris Smoot, Officer Richard Pennington, Officer Marcus McDowell and Officer Chris Matson.

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Lindsey Pagos is the social worker at Hanover Central High School.

The $20,000 will be used to cover a portion of the new social worker who was just hired at the high school. Lindsey Pagos is the new social worker at the high school and was hired Sept. 1.

As the social worker for the high school, Ms. Pagos will offer social/emotional support, education, and resources to students, families, and faculty. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been practicing mental health in schools for nearly 10 years.

Ms. Pagos will meet with students in both individual and group sessions to address concerns such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, bullying, conflict resolution, social skills, substance use, family concerns, self-harm/suicide, and any other stressors that may be impacting a student’s ability to be successful in school.  Additionally, Lindsey hopes to revise and improve policies and procedures regarding students who are deemed high risk of harm towards self/others.