The Nebraska Board of Education put its final seal of approval May 12 on a school safety measure that now requires all Nebraska schools to have a safety team and an independently audited safety plan.

The eight-member board unanimously approved the measure during its monthly meeting in Lincoln.

For months, controversy has swirled around a provision that requires the safety plan be analyzed by people outside the school system. Many school superintendents have said such a measure is not needed and that it would hinder efficiency and hike costs.

“As written, I can get my local barber to walk through and say: ‘Looks good to me,'” said Jerry Sellentin, executive director of Nebraska Council of School Administrators.

The state teacher’s union backs the provision.

Jay Sears with the Nebraska State Education Association said that while schools remain relatively safe, a plan to help ensure student safety is worth a few extra dollars.