School District to decide on armed security at elementary schools


School District to decide on armed security at elementary schools


Date: August 25, 2014
by: Amanda Sebastiano | Staff Writer


To protect the county's youngest students, the Manatee County School District will vote to approve increased security measures at area elementary schools at its meeting at 5:45 p.m. Aug. 26.

The district reserved $1.68 million to hire 35 security personnel to occupy what school board member Dave Miner sees as "the most vulnerable" population of students.

The funding will come from the district's reserves in its 2014-2015 school year budget.

School Board Chairwoman Julie Aranibar hopes to the hired individuals, most who are veterans or retired law enforcement, will serve schools full time. 

To view the district's agenda for the Aug. 26 meeting, visit,%202014%20-%20Regular%20Meeting%20and%20Public%20Hearing%20on%20Tuesday,%20August%2026,%202014/7C858564-6953-4587-86BF-120EE66D0967Agenda.htm.

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