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Piece of Hillsborough school security plan re-emerges

TAMPA — Hillsborough County School Board members last month voted down most of superintendent MaryEllen Elia's school security plan, saying they needed more time to consider how best to protect the district.

But a piece of the plan will likely come back up next week.

Member Candy Olson, alarmed at news reports of a principal who was assaulted Monday at an elementary school near Lakeland, said she would like the board to reconsider a plan to tighten access at 10 percent of the district's schools. The other 90 percent are already considered secure.

"I think there's too many risks to our children and our teachers and our adults," Olson said during a board workshop Tuesday.

Estimates showed it would cost $1.2 million to make the improvements. Elia proposed them as part of a larger package that included armed guards at all elementary schools.

The board meets Tuesday.

Piece of Hillsborough school security plan re-emerges 02/12/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 11:30am]
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