Sarasota News Leader

01/25/2013

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SAFETY AFTER SANDY HOOK The look of schools has changed in response to violent acts across the United States over the past couple of decades. Photo by Scott Proffitt THE SARASOTA COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD LEARNS IT MAY BE STYMIED BY A LACK OF FUNDING RESOURCES AS IT SEEKS TO ENHANCE CAMPUS SECURITY By Scott Proffitt Staff Writer Although the Sarasota County School Board members this week affirmed their desire to make the county's schools as safe as possible in the wake of the Dec. 14 deaths of 20 students and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, they may be stymied by their budget in regard to any new measures. in terms of district revenue. "I'm not hearing anything real good," he added. The Great Recession produced a decrease in funding for education both at the state and local levels, Weidner pointed out. County Commissioner Nora Patterson reminded a group on Siesta Key last week that the county's tax base had declined about 40 percent as a result of the economic downturn. Al Weidner, deputy chief financial officer, told the board members during a Jan. 22 workshop, What may be the deciding factor for plans to "We are down to where we were 10 years ago" improve school security is whether voters will

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