Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday the near-completion of the statewide school safety assessment and the release of $35 million to help improve the security of schools across the state.
The governor’s school safety working group announced in March the first-ever statewide assessment of school facilities, safety procedures and safety needs.
A total of $25 million will go towards one-time improvements that will address vulnerabilities and risks. The remaining $10 million will be in the form of recurring grant funding.
Gov. Haslam stated, “All children in Tennessee deserve to learn in a safe and secure environment.”
He also said, “I am confident the significant work undertaken by our state and local officials as well as the funding to implement identified areas for improvement will serve to enhance the safety of our schools, educators and students.”
Right now, that statewide assessment is nearly complete. Ninety-nine percent of public schools in the state have already been checked. The remaining are set to be complete by the end of this month.
The state is working to secure a developer to complete a statewide school safety mobile application. This would allow students, faculty and staff to anonymously report concerns to local law enforcement and school officials.