School board votes to fund officers

Published: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 03:32 PM.

The school board will now allocate $523,000 from reserves to fund the new officers. Another $42,000 will be covered by Radar Group, the private company that runs two charter schools in the district, said Rita Scallan, chief financial officer for the school district.

The county commission has been asked to supply $265,000 and Ashley said he will provide $300,000 from forfeiture funds to make up the other half of the $1.1 million.

The commission is set to vote on the proposal Jan. 22.

To place officers in all the schools, Ashley had to pull them from several other units, including completely depleting his street crimes, beach and marine patrol and traffic enforcement units.

The funds would be used to hire new officers to fill those positions that were left vacant after the shift.

Ashley has said keeping the resource officers in schools will cost about $3.5 million a year.

School board members seemed to agree that Monday’s vote was a stop-gap for the rest of the year, but several had questions about how or whether the program should be funded in the future.

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