While no funds for school safety improvements are included in the operating budget approved Thursday night, the Dickson County School Board will ask the county commission to consider an allocation of approximately $750,000 to implement some of a special committee’s recommendations. “Now’s the time for us to move forward with that,” Vice Chairman Kirk Vandivort said. The board voted to not include the request as part of its overall budget, but instead to ask the county commission to consider the recommendations separately. The special committee was formed in the wake of December’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut and reviewed procedures and structural changes at each school to come up with a list of recommendations totaling an estimated $1.5 million. Vandivort made the motion to seek funding for the first four committee recommendations, which include updating the system’s crisis management plan and staff training, creating an interior door security barricade system, updating surveillance and communications systems with safe rooms at each school and structural changes to entrances and common areas at several schools to control access to buildings. Board member and Dickson police Chief Rick Chandler, who served on the committee, said as more time passes the immediacy for safety improvements dims as the memory of Newtown fades. “We know it’s going to happen again somewhere,” Chandler said. Chairman Tim Potter said a recent change in state statute allows the county commission to make a one-time allocation to the school system without increasing the Maintenance of Effort requirement that educational funding cannot be reduced. Potter said school safety improvements would be “perfect” for such an allocation. The request for an allocation of $750,000 for safety improvements will be presented to the county’s Budget Committee June 3 along with the school system’s annual budget request.