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Lakeland, FL: District budget has $2.4M for "additional mental health counseling for students"

July 31, 2018, Lakeland (FL) Ledger: Polk County School Board takes step to approve $890M budget — $62M more than previous year http://www.theledger.com/news/20180731/polk-county-school-board-takes-step-to-approve-890m-budget---62m-more-than-previous-year With thousands more students and dozens more teachers over last year, the Polk County School Board on Tuesday took the first step in approving an $890 million budget, $62.78 million more than the final 2017-18 budget…. The budget also includes a one-time allocation from the state of $5.21 million for armed school guardians and $2.4 million for additional mental health counseling for students, instituted by the legislature in March following the shooting massacre of 14 students, two coaches and a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. “Since the Parkland shooting happened, our priorities are a little different than they were a few months ago,” Pitts said. …