Committees propose school safety focus with $10M fund


DENVER | County officials in Colorado heard proposals from two committees tasked with planning how to use $10 million for school safety.

The Denver Post reported Tuesday that the Douglas County committees for physical security and mental health are recommending more than a dozen ideas for standardizing safety plans and better supporting students dealing with mental illness.

The committees say the county could fund programs on social-emotional learning, suicide prevention and mental health support.

Douglas County commissioners voted in May to dedicate funding for school security. They also provided $3 million to fund school police officers and $300,000 for a mental health response team.

The Douglas County School District is matching county funding for school police officers.