More and more schools in our area are joining a safety cooperative.
YAKIMA, WA - More and more schools in our area are joining a safety cooperative.
Educational School District 105's School Safety and Security Cooperative has grown to more than 20 school districts.
A big part of forming this school safety co-op program is to help smaller school districts deal with the costs of expensive security measures.
In order to join, schools have to pay a nominal fee and that money goes toward paying for safety planning and training, which was once funded by state and federal grants.
The group also focuses on preparing schools for events like natural disasters, fires, hostile visitors and environmental safety.
"We talked about natural observation," said Randy Town, the School Safety and Security Coordinator. "Being able to clear a sideline so that you can see across the campus and into the playground as opposed to letting the shrubs for example grow up over the window so you can't see out."
Many schools from Yakima and Kittitas counties have joined the co-op but it's also expanding into the Tri-Cities. The Paterson School District and the Prosser School District are now members of the safety co-op as well.