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Kansas lawmakers review school safety

A state official says Kansas schools are better prepared to respond to natural and man-made disasters but will need more resources to keep improving.

Bob Hull, director of the Kansas Center for Safe and Prepared Schools, told lawmakers Thursday that shrinking federal grants have limited the state’s ability to help schools prepare for tornadoes or violent intruders.

Hull said schools are conducting more drills and risk assessments but money is needed for safe rooms and crisis training.

Sen. Jay Emler said the school safety center has enough funding to get through the next calendar year, but funding beyond that is uncertain. The center receives $50,000 from the state annually.

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