Rep. Keisling: Local School Districts to Receive More than $500,000 for Safety Improvements

Nashville, TN (2018-10-23) State Representative Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) has announced more than $513,000 in funding for schools in Tennessee House District 38 to be used for the implementation of additional solutions to address school safety concerns.

The monies are a portion of approximately $35 million in budget funding — $25 million in one-time funding and $10 million in recurring grants — approved as part of Republican-led efforts during the 2018 legislative session to enhance protections for the future leaders of our state.

According to Representative Keisling, the Oneida Special School District has been awarded $53,160 ($15,190 in recurring monies, $37,970 in non-recurring dollars) for access control, visitor management, and surveillance, while Scott County will receive $127,399 ($39,129 in recurring monies, $88,270 in non-recurring funds) for enhancements to signage, surveillance, and communications.

Neighboring Fentress County received $87,110 ($24,890 in recurring funding, $62,220 in non-recurring dollars) for improvements in access control, surveillance, and communications upgrades at their local academic institutions.

Dollar amounts were awarded based upon each district’s relative share of the Basic Education Program (BEP) — the formula through which state education dollars are generated and distributed to our schools. Pickett County Schools will receive $28,380 ($8,110 in recurring funding, $20,270 in non-recurring dollars) for access control, upgrades in surveillance, and communications improvements.

“I am grateful that our schools will receive this important funding to better protect our future leaders,” Keisling said.  Keisling and others believe that children should not have to worry about their personal safety while working to achieve their academic goals and dreams. The most recent funding may not be the last.  “ We will continue to identify solutions to further enhance their well-being in the years ahead,” he concluded.

As part of the application process, school leaders partnered with the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, the Department of Education, and local law enforcement to complete assessments of current safety measures in place at area academic institutions.

All 147 school districts in Tennessee received a portion of school safety funding.