JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County School Board is poised to adopt a proposed $1.7 billion budget that includes cuts in some areas, including security.
Last year the district budgeted $19.5 million to place security officers in every school. That decision followed the Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012 that claimed 26 lives with most of them elementary students.
This year the proposed budget calls for 65 fewer security officers with few elementary schools having an officer. All middle and high schools will have security officers with many of them having more than last year. The proposed budget is $17.8 million for security.
The district decided on the placement of security based on factors like building layout, student population, discipline problems and prior use of security when schools set up the budget.
This summer the school board discussed the changes that included shifting more resources into the classroom.