Florida education news: tight budgets, changing posts and a TV debut

Susan Valdes has served on the Hillsborough County School Board since 2004. [HCPS]
Susan Valdes has served on the Hillsborough County School Board since 2004. [HCPS]
Published June 12, 2018|Updated June 12, 2018

CHANGING POSTS: Hillsborough County School Board member announces candidacy for spot in Florida House of Representatives the Tampa Bay Times reports.

BUDGET: Hernando County schools superintendent releases list of budget priorities to be presented to the School Board today, amidst tough conversations about how to fund new school safety requirements, the Tampa Bay Times reports.

SUPERINTENDENTS: Twelve candidates line up for top spot in Brevard County, Florida Today reports. • Director of student services for Lee County School District announces plan to run for Brevard County superintendent spot, the News-Press reports.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: A history teacher and coach at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School will make his television debut Wednesday, when an episode of NBC’s American Ninja Warrior reality show airs, the Sun Sentinel reports.

SAFE SCHOOLS: Manatee County School District makes changes to code of conduct, dress code, mental health services and more in response to new state school safety requirements, the Bradenton Herald reports. • Several Tampa Bay area school districts consider active shooter insurance, WTSP reports.

SCHOOL SECURITY: Volusia County one of only two school districts in Central Florida that hasn’t yet partnered with county government to pay for school security officers, the News Journal reports. • Broward County School Board voices support for using armed guardians rather than sworn law enforcement officers in some schools, the Sun Sentinel reports. • Lake County School Board moves to put a law enforcement officer in every school and an administrator with access to a firearm in some, the Daily Commercial reports. • Dozens of recruits vie to become school guardians in Polk County, the Ledger reports. More by WFTS. • Sarasota County School District will host a joint meeting with law enforcement leaders today, ahead of the School Board’s decision on who to hire as chief of the district’s new internal police force, the Herald Tribune reports. • Bay County School District leaders meet with law enforcement officials to discuss new school safety mandates, the News Herald reports.

BAD ACTS: A former volunteer coach at Chiles High School is arrested for harassing a female student, the Democrat reports.

TAXES: Clay County School Board approves referendum to put increased school property tax to a vote in August, News4Jax reports.