Saturday, June 23, 2018

Pinellas School Board urges Florida Legislature to support Rick Scott’s school safety plan

Pinellas County School Board members unanimously voiced support for Gov. Rick Scott's $500 million plan for increased safety measures and mental health resources at a board meeting Tuesday night.

To see it become a reality, the board and school superintendent Mike Grego penned a letter to Senate President Joe Negron and House Speaker Richard Corcoran on Wednesday urging them to also support the governor's plan. The letter, sent via email, was copied to every Florida legislator.

"We support every component of the plan and the plan in its entirety," they wrote, calling the plan a "comprehensive proposal."

The letter included a copy of the governor's plan released on Friday. View it here.

The letter was sent after Grego joined the governor at a press conference on school safety held Wednesday morning at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

The School Board has yet to send out a letter to all chairpersons of other Florida school boards notifying them of their support of a ban on assault weapons. The Pinellas board voted 6-1 Tuesday night to issue that statement.

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