Sarasota News Leader

07/25/2014

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Providing School Resource Officers at all public middle and high schools — including a second officer at Riverview High — will cost the Sarasota County School District 10 per- cent more in the 2014-15 school year than it did in the 2013-14 year, Superintendent Lori White told School Board members during their regular meeting on July 22. T h e t o t a l a m o u n t b u d g e t e d f o r t h e next school year is $1,347,985, accord- ing to a slide White showed the board. The expense for the 2013-14 school year was $1,225,300. In February 2013, Sarasota County Sheriff Tom Knight informed the board of his deci- sion to put his officers only in schools in the unincorporated part of the county, start- ing with the 2013-14 school year. Knight felt the cities should staff schools in their jurisdictions, Sheriff's O f f i c e C o m m u n i t y A f f a i r s M a n a g e r Wendy Rose explained Fencing and gates allow school leaders to control public access to campuses. Photo by Scott Proffitt HIGHER SCHOOL SAFETY EXPENSES THE SARASOTA SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL PAY 10 PERCENT MORE FOR ITS SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS IN THE 2014-15 SCHOOL YEAR So there has been additional pressure put on the [district's] general fund. Lori White Superintendent Sarasota County Schools By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor

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