Superintendents react to new school safety law


JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – The governor signed a school safety bill into law that was prompted by last year’s shooting at Marshall County High School.

Superintendent Matt Moore spent three years putting together a detailed safety plan for his students and staff.

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“I think we looked at the safety from a much more strategic direction then maybe some other school districts might of because of our backgrounds,” said Superintendent Moore.

Those backgrounds include Moore’s 24 years in the national guard. He says he worked with a former board member with twenty plus years in the police department. The two developed the plan with four outside agencies.

“We’ve had them at the table, and then we do after action reviews where we really critique their performance and our performance and make adjustments accordingly,” said Superintendent Moore.

Moore’s believes the legislature’s school safety bill has three powerful aspects, more school resource officers, more mental health professionals in schools and more guidance counselors.

“From a counseling perspective, Jessamine County currently has a ratio of about one counselor for every 400 students, and this would significantly impact that,” said Superintendent Moore.

ABC 36 spoke with several superintendents across Central Kentucky the bill. Many said the next step is finding the necessary funds to pay for everything in Senate Bill 1.

The general assembly did ‘not’ allocate funds to pay for the things contained in the school safety bill. Right now, those are just goals.

Lawmakers hope they can pay for these things starting in the next general assembly session.