Lawmaker wants to allow school-safety funding referendums

(FILE) Parents drive students to school as they return to class for the first time at Noblesville West Middle School since a shooting in Noblesville, Ind. in May 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A state lawmaker wants to allow Indiana schools to seek referendums that would boost their funding for school safety initiatives.

Republican state Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle says he’ll introduce a bill in the 2019 legislative session that would allow schools to seek school-safety referendums that would work the same as operating referendums. Those ballot initiatives seek to generate funds for daily expenses like academic programming.

The Journal Gazette reports that if the legislation passes the new funding would go toward many purposes, including risk assessments and hiring school resource officers.

Dennis Costerison is executive director of the Indiana Association of School Business Officials. He says a May shooting at a Noblesville middle school that wounded a 13-year-old girl and a teacher “was kind of a wakeup call for everyone.”

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1 comment

Brent Bach August 20, 2018 at 12:41 pm

This is a tax, a new tax, plan and simple. Do not be misled. Very little of this will go towards school safety. School safety is how they’re trying to sell a new tax. If the legislature wants a new tax come to We the Taxpayers and justify it.


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