Manatee school, county leaders to discuss funding for additional school resource officers

Posted at 5:40 AM, May 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-08 05:40:09-04

MANATEE COUNTY, Fla. — Manatee school and county leaders are meeting Tuesday morning to hash out who will pay to staff every school with resource officers.

This comes on the heels of Governor Rick Scott's mandate, requiring every school to have at least one SRO. 

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The district and the county currently split the cost for SROs at the middle and high schools. But now that every school is required to have at least one SRO, the district says it will cost about $1 million to fund — meaning the county's contribution will double. 

Following the Parkland school shooting the district and the sheriff added a resource officer to every school. But that program will run until the end of this school year and will cost about $500,000. 

Manatee County sheriff's office spokesman, Dave Bristow said they are still trying to figure out how the program will be paid for next year.

“That’s being worked out. It’ll be either the school district or the county maybe they’ll split it down the middle,” said Bristow.

Today's meeting starts at 10 a.m. It will be at the Manatee County government administrative building.