New Mexico governor to sign school security measure

March 6, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Gov. Susana Martinez is throwing her support behind a measure that would set aside up to $10 million over four years for bolstering security at schools around New Mexico.

The governor’s office announced Tuesday that Martinez would sign the legislation. She’s facing a deadline Wednesday to act on bills passed during the recent 30-day session.

The money would go to projects such as perimeter fencing, intercom systems and restricting campus access.

The two-term Republican governor said in a statement that officials need to continue doing all they can to ensure students and school staff are safe in the wake of recent tragedies and threats. She also acknowledged that funding is just one piece of the puzzle.

School districts and charter schools will be able to apply for the funds starting this year.

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