This year, members of the Sumner County legislative delegation — Rep. Johnny Garrett, Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile, and Rep. Terri Lynn Weaver — joined me and our entire General Assembly to enhance school safety for Tennessee children. We all believe every child must attend a good, safe school.
During the 2019 legislative session, we passed House Bill 947 as part of our ongoing efforts to improve school safety. This legislation makes a $40 million investment to secure our schools through funding that includes a new $30 million investment for the school safety grant fund. The measure also makes additional changes to existing law to prioritize the distribution of school resource officer (SRO) grants to help schools — especially in rural Tennessee communities — secure resource officers.
Under this new law that went into effect in April, Sumner County is receiving $525,000 in one-time SRO grant funding. This will allow our local facilities to add as many as 15 new resource officers at academic institutions throughout Sumner County.
The safety and well-being of Tennessee’s students is one of our main priorities. After all, children are our most precious gifts, and we will never stop fighting to protect them, their teachers, staffers, and our schools. When our students have safe educational environments, as well as the resources needed to be successful, they can focus on what matters most — learning. By supporting these important groups as they pursue their academic goals and dreams, we will ensure Tennessee’s future remains bright.
William Lamberth is the House Majority Leader for the 111th Tennessee General Assembly. He is also a member of the House Finance, House Government Operations, and House Calendar & Rules Committees, as well as the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee. Lamberth lives in Portland and represents Tennessee House District 44, which includes part of Sumner County.