The Local Coordinating Council for Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities (LCC) met early this month at RCHS and were faced with a brief agenda during the first meeting of the 2019-20 school year.
The organization is a community anti-drug coalition charged with providing a safe and drug free environment for all Rush County students and the community. It is made up of business owners, educators, law enforcement personnel, members from the judicial system and others.
The LCC meets monthly during the school year with the exception of June and July and meetings are open to the public. A working budget of roughly $20,000 is funded through monies generated from court ordered drug and alcohol countermeasure fees.
Coordinator Hannah Augsburger told members that all receipts for payment which have been received will be paid in September with all final receipts for payment are due by the December meeting.
Augsburger continued by adding that the Fall 2019 Grant Cycle application is rapidly approaching and there are still monies available in two of the four criteria categories: Education/Prevention and the Criminal Justice Fund. Request for the monies must be received prior to 4 p.m. Sept. 1.
Detective Randy Meek of the Rush County Sheriff’s Department was the featured speaker at the meeting and explained to those in attendance what the monies law enforcement receives from LCC funding is used. Since the RCSD and the Rushville Police Department first began requesting grant monies from the LCC nearly 10-years ago, Meek explained that technology changes have improved dramatically and had a very positive impact on law enforcement efforts not only locally but throughout the country.