State Board awards safe school grants; KASB safety workshops begin next week

The Kansas State Board of Education awarded $5 million in grants for school safety improvements to 169 school districts at its monthly meeting this week, and KASB will begin three workshops on school safety and security next week. 

KASB is conducting the workshops on “What Every Board Member Should Know About Safe and Secure Schools” in McPherson July 17; Colby July 18 and Olathe August 7. Click here for registration information on these and other KASB workshops. 

It was the second year in a row the Kansas Legislature provided $5 million for physical safety enhancements. Districts requested over $19 million. The board awarded a maximum of $19.24 per pupil or the amount requested, whichever was lower. District must match the awards dollar for dollar. They also must have adopted the State Board’s Safe and Secure School Standards. 

A proviso in the state budget bill authorizing the grants limits the use of funding to: acquisition and installation of security cameras and any other systems, equipment and services necessary for security monitoring of facilities operated by a school district, and for securing doors, windows and any entrances to such facilities. 

These expenditures are not “instructional” under school district accounting guidelines, so if only instructional spending is considered “classroom expenditures” these funds would not count. 

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