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Tampa Bay area school districts focus on safety, security on anniversary of Parkland shooting

Posted at 5:44 AM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 18:33:27-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — This week marks one year since the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17 people in 2018 and Tampa Bay area school districts are focusing on safety and security.

On Monday, the Hillsborough County School Board is inviting state lawmakers into specific schools to see first-hand what the district faces regarding needs for security and mental health funding. They plan to show them the challenges they still face.

The Hillsborough County School Board recently approved their legislative priorities, which include asking lawmakers to increase funding for security and safety needs such as yearly operating funds for school security officers, funding for campus hardening and providing more dollars to allow districts to hire additional counselors for student mental health services.

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The Manatee County School District held an event called, “School Security One Year After Parkland Press Conference” on Monday morning. The purpose of the news briefing was to discuss how school security has changed in the last year.

Watch the news conference below: