Superintendents: School security transfer a must
Correction: An earlier version of this article mischaracterized the intention of the Florida Association of District Superintendents. The group is wholly supportive of eventually transferring unused school security funding.
School superintendents backing the transfer of unused security money concurred with legislative leaders this week that numbers should be finalized before the Legislature amends any funding set aside for school security.
But, ultimately, the Florida Association of District Superintendents is supportive of a transfer of the approximately $58 million in leftover funding set aside for the Coach Aaron Feis Guardian Program, a fund for school districts that opt to arm non-teacher faculty.
That transfer had been spearheaded by Gov. Rick Scott, but ultimately failed to make the Joint Legislative Budget Commission’s agenda. The budget-revising panel met earlier on Friday.
According to the Department of Education, just $9 million of the $67.5 million appropriation has been used by schools. Scott wanted lawmakers to convene a special panel to unlock the remaining $58 million. He has suggested some of the funding could be used to help offset school districts who are staffing police officers and security specialists at every school. Superintendents and school districts agree.
However, both House Speaker-designate Jose Oliva and Senate President-elect