$15 million allocated to the new elementary school in Uvalde

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas leaders announced on Thursday the transfer of nearly $875 million for public safety and recovery initiatives in the state, like school safety and border security.

Of the $874.6 million, $15 million is to help build a new elementary school in Uvalde.

A week after the Robb Elementary School shooting that killed 19 students and two teachers in May, the school district announced that students and staff would not be returning to campus. The announcement came after President Biden reportedly told a local official that he wanted to tear down the school.

The money will be transferred to state agencies and programs for initiatives that include enhanced border security operations and school safety, according to a news release. The rest of the money will be used for the following:

  • $400 million to help school districts replace or upgrade doors, windows, fencing, communications and other safety measures
  • $339 million to the Texas Military Department for continued border security activities related to Operation Lone Star
  • $20.6 million to support other state agencies through Operation Lone Star to continue to respond to the border crisis
  • $100 million to the Texas Division of Emergency Management for COVID-19 response expenses

“The State of Texas is working around the clock to support essential public safety efforts, including protecting communities across the state from the growing threats that cross our southern border, as well as improving the safety of schools across the Texas,” Governor Greg Abbott said. “Texas continues to provide support to the Uvalde community following the tragedy as it rebuilds. I thank my legislative partners for the prompt allocation of these additional funds to ensure the continued safety and security of all Texans. Working together, we will continue to strengthen public safety across the state and support Uvalde in his efforts to heal and move forward.

The Legislature will consider school safety issues, including additional funding for school safety, in the next legislative session.

The press release also stated that the Texas Department of Public Safety will continue to perform its duties under Operation Lone Star using funds from other agencies to cover associated costs and will introduce any additional appropriations. needed by the legislature for consideration in the next legislative session.

Read the state leaders’ proposal letter and the governor’s endorsement letter here.

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