Florida education news: Security officers, new principals and budgeting

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy Bo Bauman (second from left, hidden), deputy Derek Gregory (center, hiding Bauman) and sergeant Dan LaFave (second from right) run an Active Drill at Osceola Middle School on Wednesday, 08/14/2013. Also pictured is the shooter, Luke Barker, 17, (left) who is an PCSO explorer and deputy Mike Kilian (right), who is an instructor. "With the upcoming school year, we want to make sure our deputies, and deputies throughout the county, in particular school resource officers, are prepared for the unthinkable," said Sergeant David DiSano, who is with the PCSO's public information office. "[It's] something that we absolutely would not want to happen, but if in case it should happen, we would be prepared." Other participating agencies included the Largo Police Department, Gulfport Police Department and various fire rescue agencies. Officers also used simunition rounds, which have a real bullet casing and soft, plastic tip that contains a "soap product." CHRIS ZUPPA | Times
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office deputy Bo Bauman (second from left, hidden), deputy Derek Gregory (center, hiding Bauman) and sergeant Dan LaFave (second from right) run an Active Drill at Osceola Middle School on Wednesday, 08/14/2013. Also pictured is the shooter, Luke Barker, 17, (left) who is an PCSO explorer and deputy Mike Kilian (right), who is an instructor. "With the upcoming school year, we want to make sure our deputies, and deputies throughout the county, in particular school resource officers, are prepared for the unthinkable," said Sergeant David DiSano, who is with the PCSO's public information office. "[It's] something that we absolutely would not want to happen, but if in case it should happen, we would be prepared." Other participating agencies included the Largo Police Department, Gulfport Police Department and various fire rescue agencies. Officers also used simunition rounds, which have a real bullet casing and soft, plastic tip that contains a "soap product." CHRIS ZUPPA | Times
Published June 7 2018
Updated June 7 2018

DISPLEASED PARENT: Parent who has spent nearly two years challenging zoning in Pasco County School District files another complaint, alleging the the School Board inappropriately considered students’ race and socioeconomic status when redrawing boundaries, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

STATE RATE: Florida Weekly rates the state’s school spending an F and marks Florida as lowest of all for per-student funding, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

BULLYING: State and district-based school officials hash through the details of private-school scholarships now available to bullied students, the Tampa Bay Times reports. More from the Gainesville Sun.

STONEMAN DOUGLAS: A second principal is assigned to Broward County’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas to split recovery efforts from the Feb. 14 shooting with regular operations the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SCHOOL SAFETY: About 200 Manatee County school administrators participate in active shooter training, the Bradenton Herald reports. • The City of Miami Beach and Miami-Dade County School Board reach agreement to post police officers post police officers in all of the district’s schools, the Miami Herald reports. • St. John’s County schools superintendent presents safety plan to county leaders, citing need for more security officers, News4Jax reports. • Green Cove Springs City Council approves agreement with Clay County School Board to add two school resource officers, News4Jax reports.

MONEY MATTERS: The Flagler County School Board debates whether to sell a prime parcel of land for $2.5 million to purchase new buses for its aging fleet, the News-Journal reports.

DONATION: An Orlando-based early learning center gets a $12.75 million donation to be paid out over the next decade, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

PRINCIPAL PROBLEM: A Duval County School Board member asks outgoing superintendent to rescind promotion offers she gave to two relatives this week, the Florida Times-Union reports.

TIGHT BUDGETS: Citrus County School Board to consider request by Withlacoochee Technical College to eliminate four full-time staff positions due to a decrease in federal funding, the Chronicle reports.

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