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Elia and Griffin have agendas at today's Hillsborough board meeting



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Much is on the line at today's 3 p.m. meeting of the Hillsborough County School Board.

Superintendent MaryEllen Elia will find out if she has the votes for a $3.7-million-a-year plan to put armed resource officers in the district's elementary schools, replacing law enforcement officers who have been patrolling since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Connecticut.

Elia says this multi-faceted approach, which includes hiring a nationally-known consultant and tightening access at 10 percent of the district's schools, will keep children safer, reassure parents and address behavioral issues such as bullying.

Chairwoman April Griffin, meanwhile, has announced she will try to hire an auditor to provide more oversight over the administration. She contends that when things go wrong, top officials are not necessarily held accountable.

The board will vote on whether to fire two employees and demote two more in connection with the October death of special-needs student Jennifer Caballero. While the board generally does not discuss personnel issues, these actions could prove controversial. Already, one of the workers has hired a lawyer who says he was targeted unfairly.

And outside school district headquarters, parents of special-needs students are planning a protest rally to coincide with the meeting.

Stay with for updates.

[Last modified: Tuesday, January 15, 2013 11:12am]


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