Florida: Districts are down to 'bare bones' trying to fund safety and education in schools

Mar 12, 2018, ABC Tampa Bay: Districts scramble to fund safety improvements and education—Local leaders say state funding isn't sufficient Impossible... that’s the word school leaders are using to describe next year’s budget. School districts are being tasked to increase safety and fund education. … Safety is at at the forefront in every parent’s mind since the Parkland shooting…. From school resource officers to mental health services and security upgrades, your child’s campus is about to get a safety makeover. It comes at a price, however, and it's an expense school leaders say is impossible to foot. … In Pinellas County alone, they’re getting an extra $2.3 million from the state but they need a whopping $2.9 million to add school resource officers and another $2.3 million to add mental health councilors. Putting the district $3 million in the red! That means the district will likely be forced to make cuts in order to make schools safer. “Something is going to have to give. We don’t want to dismiss anything in our budget because everything we have already is bare bones,” Flowers added. Districts across Florida are now scrambling to make ends meet. …

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