Legislative leaders in Oregon have allocated $300 million in bond funding for seismic upgrades and other safety improvements in K-12 schools throughout the state, as part of the legislature’s $1.2 billion capital construction budget.

Whether or not that means improvements in glazing remains to be seen, but Senate president Peter Courtney of Salem says it’s the most money lawmakers have ever allotted for such projects—and it’s for a worthy cause.

“We know there will be a major quake,” Courtney said in a statement. “We know too many of our schools will collapse. These funds will help us fix our schools. These funds will save children’s lives.”

$175 million of the funding will go to the Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program, which is used to make at-risk schools safer in the event of a major earthquake. A 2007 survey by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries found that more than 1,000 school buildings in Oregon were at high or very high risk of collapse in an earthquake, according to a release from Courtney’s office.

Darand A. Davies, president of Salem-based glazing contractor Dallas Glass in Salem, says that from his past experience, the glazing isn’t much affected in seismic upgrades. However, he adds that while he assumes this specific funding will be limited strictly to seismic work, “it is possible these seismic upgrades will go beyond just simple shoring of the building skeleton and will have a remodel component, as well.”

There is also the remaining $125 million, which will be set aside to provide matching funds to assist school districts in making safety or other necessary improvements to aging school facilities, according to a release from Courtney’s office. That potentially could include windows or glazing in some cases. A 2014 report found that deferred maintenance needs in Oregon’s 197 school districts totaled at least $7.6 billion.

“Our property tax system makes it virtually impossible for some school districts to maintain or replace old and deteriorating school buildings on their own,” says Senator Richard Devlin of Tualatin, co-chair of the Joint Ways and Means Committee. “In 2010, voters gave the state the authority to assist school districts in their efforts. It’s an untraditional role for the state, but all of us have a responsibility to do what we can to see that all children are learning in a safe and secure environment.”

The school upgrades represent just a quarter of the more than $1 billion in funding of construction projects statewide, which Courtney says “will create thousands of jobs.”