In 2018, the general assembly enacted Senate Bill 18-269, which created the school security disbursement program (program) to provide funding for school districts, charter schools, institute charter schools, and boards of cooperative services (local education providers) to implement school security improvements to prevent incidents of school violence. Pursuant to the provisions of Senate Bill 18-269, the program was repealed on July 1, 2021. The bill recreates and reenacts the program in the department of public safety (department).
The bill allows a local education provider or an eligible nonprofit organization (eligible entity) to apply for a disbursement by submitting an application to the department.
A local education provider An eligible entity that receives a disbursement may use the money for one or more of the following purposes:
- Capital construction that improves the security of a public school facility or public school vehicle;
- Training in student threat assessment for school staff;
Training for on-site school resource officers;
In collaboration with local law enforcement agencies, providing the training for peace officers on interactions with students at school;
- School emergency response training for school staff;
- Programs to help students become more resilient in meeting the daily challenges they face without resorting to violence against themselves or others;
- Developing and providing training programs, curricula, and seminars related to school safety incident response; and
- Developing best practices and protocols related to school safety incident response.
The department is required to review the applications received from
local education providers eligible entities and, subject to available appropriations, to disburse money to applicants that satisfy the application requirements from money credited to the school security disbursement cash fund. The department is required to give priority to applicants that commit to providing matching funds for the amount of the disbursement received. The bill recreates and reenacts the school security disbursement program account within the school safety resource center cash fund and directs the transfer of money to the account to pay the disbursements. Each disbursement recipient is required to report to the department concerning its use of the money, and the department is required to annually provide a summary of the reports to specified committees of the general assembly. The disbursement program is repealed, effective July 1, 2032.
(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)
(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)