Schools struggle to find funds to make schools safer
MARSHALL COUNTY, Ky. - At Central Elementary School in Marshall County, all visitors must be buzzed in for security purposes. It's a security precaution Superintendent Trent Lovett says is needed following several school schootings during that last two decades.
"After the Newtown incident, we did take a harder look at practices that we were doing," he said.
But Lovett says in the nine months since Newtown, federal and state funding to secure his schools is running thin.
"The costs have gone up, the funding has gone down," Lovett said.
The school district has one resource officer for all 10 public schools in the county. "If we could have one or two other officers to help county wide, that would be tremendous," said Officer Ray Chumbler.
"If I had my wishes, we would have one in every building, but the funding is just not there for that," Lovett said.
Lovett will have to make due with the money and resources that are available now. The district has seen a decrease in federal funding every year since 2009.
"If we are losing funding through one federal source, I doubt very seriously we are going to receive another grant," he said.