School board designates funds to keep deputies in every school

okaloosa county school board district
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Published: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at 07:41 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Okaloosa County School Board voted Monday to contribute just over $1 million to help cover the costs of keeping deputies at all schools in the district.

A divided board opted to increase its portion from $609,896 by $500,000 with the caveat it would be the final year money not acquired through the Safe School fund will go toward the school resource officers.

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“I’m willing to give the $500,000 ... if everybody understands this is nonrecurring money and we don’t have the money to do it next year,” said vice-chairwoman Cindy Frakes.

The additional funding will come from money in the district’s general fund reserves and it will be added to money allocated to the district from the state through the Safe School fund, according to Rita Scallan, the chief financial officer for the district. 

“Reserves are one-time sources of funds ... so what that means is there’s not a sustainable source of revenue to continue until another year,” Scallan said.

Sheriff Larry Ashley, who attended the meeting, nodded when board members emphasized it was one-time funding and said that he would have to find a recurring revenue source to cover the cost difference in the future.

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