Oregon-Davis Elementary to Get Secure Entrance, Thanks to Secured School Safety Grant

Oregon-Davis Elementary School will be able to move forward with the installation of a secure entrance, thanks to this year’s round of Secured School Safety matching grants.

Superintendent Dr. Don Harman says, “We have plans to install two glass barriers in the two main hallways in the elementary school. Obviously, we’ll have glass doors that will be safety in aspect, to control flow in and out of those hallways.” Harman says O-D’s $39,000 grant award will also include funding for the school resource officer position.

Meanwhile, Sixth Grade Teacher Tina Berg recently got a grant from the Starke County Community Foundation for dry erase tables for the classroom. “So two students can sit at a table and actually do math and write on the desk and then they can erase them,” Harman explains. “I was in the classroom and saw the students working on math, and it was really neat.”

The community foundation grant was officially accepted by the school board Monday, along with a total of $900 donated by the Max Hardesty family. That money will be split among the varsity cheerleading, varsity girls soccer, and 6th grade boys basketball teams.