Jacobsen introduces legislation that would make schools safer

Rep. Cyndy Jacobsen is pushing for safer schools throughout Washington with a new bill aimed at providing more resources for school districts trying to increase safety.

Jacobsen recently introduced House Bill 1064 this session, which would allow the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer a school safety capital grant program.

“Our kids’ safety and the safety of their schools is of paramount importance,” said Jacobsen, R-Puyallup. “It would be terrific to get help to school districts, especially smaller ones, as they modernize with safety in mind.”

Under HB 1064, grants could only be awarded for school safety projects that make physical improvements intended to advance the safety or security of a school facility. Common schools, state-tribal education compact schools, and charter schools would also be eligible to apply for grants.

“It’s time to make school safety a priority,” added Jacobsen. “We can’t afford to stand by and allow our kids to be at risk when there are simple measures we can take to protect them.”

All projects receiving a grant award must have a total estimated project cost of $1,000,000 or less. The 2023 legislative session convened Jan. 9 and is scheduled to run for 105 consecutive days.

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