Safety, security assessments completed at majority of Tennessee schools

Gov. Bill Haslam gives the commencement address during Chattanooga State Technical Community College's Tennessee College of Applied Technology commencement ceremony at Abba's House on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Many of TCAT's graduates are part of Gov. Haslam's Drive to 55 initiative, which aims to increase the number of Tennesseeans with post-secondary educations to 55 percent by 2025.

A comprehensive assessment of schools and district safety procedures across Tennessee will be completed by the end of the month, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday.

Haslam also announced that $35 million to improve school security funding was now available to districts who identified security and safety needs.

As of Tuesday, 1,796 schools – or about 99 percent of Tennessee's public schools – have completed the security assessment with the remaining two percent set for completion by August 31, according to a news release.

photo Gov. Bill Haslam gives the commencement address during Chattanooga State Technical Community College's Tennessee College of Applied Technology commencement ceremony at Abba's House on Friday, July 27, 2018, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Many of TCAT's graduates are part of Gov.