BROOKSVILLE — In light of recent shootings in Tucson, Ariz., and at a December school board meeting in Panama City, the Hernando County School Board on Tuesday asked superintendent Bryan Blavatt to develop proposals for increased security.
With tight budgets, members are wary of spending additional funds.
"I know things have happened, but they could happen anywhere," said board member Pat Fagan. "I'm not prepared to spend additional money unless it's absolutely necessary."
There are a variety of options, ranging from an off-duty deputy to metal detectors, said Blavatt.
"We have to make some decisions that are going to be controversial," said chairman James Yant. "When you look at the atmosphere in the United States, sometimes it can be inflammatory when elected officials make decisions."
Blavatt said he would bring proposals to a workshop that are the "least intrusive, most inexpensive, but effective."
In other business, the board gave a nod to the proposed rezoning plan for the new K-8 school, which opens next year in Weeki Wachee with kindergarten through fifth grade; middle school grades will phase in starting fall 2012.
School officials reviewed several options, selecting the one that minimized the number of students affected, kept students as close to their schools as possible, and considered possible growth patterns to minimize additional rezoning later.
The board will take an official vote on the plan at its regular meeting on Feb. 15.
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