Synopsis As Introduced Amends the School Code to create the Office of School Safety within the State Board of Education. Provides for the Office's duties. Requires the Office to create a grant program for expenditures related to improving school safety. Provides that grant funds must be used for school security improvements, including training and safety-related upgrades to school buildings, equipment (including metal detectors and x-ray machines), and facilities. Specifies the grant application requirements. Effective January 1, 2020.
Fiscal Note (State Board of Education)
House Bill 2609 is estimated to have a fiscal impact of up to $161,600,000 on the Illinois State Board of Education's General Revenue Fund budget. The most recent Capital Needs Assessment Survey Results (2016) identified $161 million in capital costs for school security measures based on 406 of 852 school districts responding to the survey. In addition, ISBE estimates $350,000 in operational costs will be needed to support three new staff required to staff the new office and carry out its functions and duties. An estimated $250,000 has also been included for grants for school district training.
State Mandates Fiscal Note (Dept. of Commerce & Economic Opportunity)