Dozens of school security guards could be off the job

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Less money coming in to Duval County Schools means about 65 school security guards could be out of a job.

"If we're going to continue to provide what children need to improve academically, we're going to have to let go of personnel because that's the majority of our cost," said Dr. Nikolai Vitti, Superintendent of Duval County Public Schools.

Dr. Vitti says all of the programs children have now are intact for next year. He says that's priority number one, even if it means pink slips for staff.

"What I don't want to do is have to tell a parent that when we made difficult decisions, I eliminated programs that children needs to protect jobs," he said.

Dr. Vitti said more than 100 guards will be on the payroll.

"We're going to be more surgical with how we place our security guards," he said.

Things like incidents at school, the crime rate in the area, and the makeup of the campus will be taken into consideration. Vitti says schools like First Coast, Sandalwood, and Raines could see more security guards. However, some elementary schools will lose their guards entirely.


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