Missouri Center for Safe Schools to close in January

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 | 12:46 p.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — State budget problems have led to the closing of the Missouri Center for Safe Schools, which trains school districts to respond to disasters and emergencies.

Director Russ Thompson said the Kansas City-based center's $219,000 funding was completely cut, so it will be closing in January. He said he's hoping the funding will be restored next year.

The center trains district safety coordinators, sends out quarterly newsletters and sends experts to disaster situations.

Large districts have designated safety coordinators, but Thompson said smaller districts often designate the superintendent or another administrative official as safety coordinator. He said that means smaller districts need a constant source of information that the center provided.



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