The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is demanding that the county school board pick a safety option to implement. This comes in the wake of Governor Scott this week signing the Marjory Douglas High School Public Safety Act, which requires Florida schools to enhance security on school campuses.
The first option includes putting fully certified school resource deputies in the 12 remaining un-staffed Sarasota County elementary schools and provide mentorships to students. That would mean hiring 14 more SRDs and come with a $2.1M price tag.
Option #2 would only provide security while school is in session and students are on campus, and deputies wouldn’t be required to mentor students. That would cost around $1.1M.