AN ACT TO ESTABLISH THAT SCHOOL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS APPLY TO ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CLARIFY THE POWERS AND DUTIES OF THE CENTER FOR SAFER SCHOOLS, REQUIRE REPORTING ON THE OPERATIONAL STATUS OF ALL PUBLIC SCHOOLS DURING STATES OF EMERGENCY, DEFINE THE TERM "SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICER" AND REQUIRE TRAINING FOR SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS, REQUIRE ANNUAL VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENTS FOR EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL BUILDING, REQUIRE THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS BE ESTABLISHED AT EACH PUBLIC SCHOOL AND CODIFY THE DUTIES OF THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS, REQUIRE LME/MCOS TO PROVIDE ASSISTANCE TO STUDENTS REFERRED BY THE SUPERINTENDENT, REQUIRE LOCAL BOARDS OF EDUCATION TO REQUIRE PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT PROGRAMS AT ALL SCHOOLS WITH GRADES SIX AND HIGHER, AUTHORIZE THE TRANSFER OF UNENCUMBERED FUNDS PROVIDED FOR THE ANONYMOUS SAFETY TIP LINE APPLICATION FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION TO THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY FOR IMPLEMENTATION OF A DIGITAL PANIC ALARM APPLICATION, AND PROVIDE FOR TRAUMA KITS IN SCHOOLS.
Provides for the intent of the General Assembly to provide supplemental funding to address capital needs of local school administrative units and community colleges.
Amends GS 143C-4-3.1, regarding the State Capital and Infrastructure Fund (Fund). Adds to the legislative intent to explicitly provide for the General Assembly's intent to annually appropriate one-third of funds available in the Fund each to State agencies, institutions of higher education, and local school administrative units through the 2027-28 fiscal year. Requires that 4.5% (was, 4%) of the State tax revenue deposited in the General Fund be credited to the Fund. Adds to the authorized use of funds in the Fund to include new capital projects for community colleges under the jurisdiction of the State Board of Community Colleges and new capital projects for local school administrative units. Provides for the administration of funds appropriated for local school administrative units for capital projects and repairs and renovations by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Directs DPI to give priority to applicants with the greatest need, with higher priority given to applicants for capital projects that have not received a grant from the Needs-Based Public School Capital Fund in the previous five years. Restricts the use of funds appropriated from the Fund and allocated to a local unit not in compliance with the class size requirements in GS 115C-301 to expenditures needed to comply with the class size requirement. Provides for sufficient funding of projects until completion and prohibits using appropriated funds to retire existing debt obligations. Makes conforming changes to GS 143C-8-13, concerning the use of funds appropriated for repairs and renovations. Adds school safety enhancements to the allowable projects from funds appropriated for repairs and renovations from the Fund.
Appropriates the specified amounts from the Fund for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Western Carolina University, and Elizabeth State University to be used for the capital improvements and projects identified.
Appropriates $10 million from the Fund for the 2019-20 fiscal year to the Community Colleges System Office for workforce training equipment.
Amends GS 18C-164, appropriating $100 million of the net revenues credited to the Education Lottery Fund each fiscal year to the Public School Building Capital Fund. Makes conforming and organizational changes.
Effective July 1, 2019.