SAFE SCHOOL BUILDINGS
Senate Bill 5197 requires every school to have at least one silent alarm in its administrative offices to alert local law enforcement about a threat or potential threat to the school. It also requires all new or remodeled schools to be able to lock exterior doors remotely from the administrative offices and to be designed to restrict the general public from entering the school through the administrative offices. The state Superintendent of Public Instruction must create a model plan by June 1, 2014, and school districts must implement panic alarms by December 1, 2014. The measure passed the Senate on Feb. 11 by a vote of 47-0.
Sens. Brian Hatfield, D-Raymond, and Jim Hargrove, D-Hoquiam, voted for the bill.
CAPITAL PROJECTS FOR SCHOOLS
Senate Bill 5445 authorizes and appropriates $475 million in general obligation bonds for the 2013-15 school construction assistance program and for a $10 million grant program to improve security at public schools. The state supports local school construction through the school construction assistance program , which is administered by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. The measure passed the Senate on Feb. 11 by a vote of 47-0.
Hatfield and Hargrove voted for the bill.