June 25, 2018, Gainesville (FL) Times: Hall Board of Education passes budget with emphasis on school safety https://www.gainesvilletimes.com/news/hall-board-education-passes-budget-emphasis-school-safety/ With upward of $700,000 in new funding allocated for school safety improvements, the Hall County Board of Education on Monday, June 25, voted 4-1 to approve a $282 million general fund budget for the 2019 fiscal year…. Board member Brian Sloan cast the lone dissent, saying he wanted additional funding for school safety, specifically to hire additional resource officers to patrol campuses throughout Hall…. Lock said he supported the large increase in new spending to support school safety upgrades, from personnel to new alarms and monitoring equipment. The state is chipping in about $240,000 for the school district to improve security of its facilities…. Sloan said he thinks violence in schools reflects a spiritual, cultural and mental health crisis in America that is not being adequately addressed. But the school district can “only address what we can control,” board chairman Nath Morris said.