Gov. Haslam makes recommendations to improve school safety


Governor Bill Haslam released his approved list of recommendations to improve school safety across Tennessee.

Earlier this month, the governor appointed a school safety group to review safety procedures in Tennessee and provide recommendations to improve security ahead of announcing a proposed $30 million to fund the improvements. 

More online: Read the full recommendations [PDF]

The group identified three areas that will be its first priority:

  • A review and risk assessment of all school facilities to identify vulnerabilities;
  • An increase in available resources to help secure school resource officers (SROs); and
  • A statewide technology application for anonymous reporting of security threats.

“All children in Tennessee deserve to learn in a safe and secure environment, and I appreciate the efficient and thorough work of the school safety working group,” said Haslam. “The recommendations of the working group, coupled with increased investment, provide a path to making immediate, impactful and unprecedented security improvements in our schools and also lay the groundwork for longer term actions around training, drills and mental health support.”

The school safety money would come through Haslam’s amendment for the 2018-2019 proposed budget.

“In terms of what that money will be used for, you know our working group is in process,” Haslam said. “They have their final meeting this week. We know those recommendations will include some funding requests.”

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