LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kentucky lawmakers are expected to hear from students, principals, superintendents and healthcare professionals tomorrow during a presentation on school safety.
The 'School Safety Working Group' plans to offer recommendations to lawmakers by the end of the year on how to improve security.
Monday's meeting will be in Frankfort in front of the Senate and House of Representatives education committees.
In the 2018 state budget, lawmakers approved giving every school district $20,000 dollars to make decisions on how to improve safety, but lawmakers say more needs to be done, including looking at mental health issues.
State Senator Max Wise, who chairs the Senate Education Committee says many districts simply don't have enough money to hire more officers, so they are coming up with a more feasible plan to highlight safety.
"I think a lot of schools are trying to be innovative. What's the best approach for them. Right now, school safety is a local school board decision and however the school seems best fit. If it is to have metal detectors or through a one security system or whatever it may be,” Wise said.
The working group will meet once a month until December when it's expected they will release their recommendations ahead of next year's legislative session.