School resource deputies were assigned to all 15 Walton County schools by the end of last school year. School district and sheriff's officials are looking for a way to keep them there.
"Well last year we began our year and our contract with the sheriff's department we had nine SRD’s and in our middle schools and high schools" said Walton County Superintendent Carlene Anderson.
The sheriff's office assigned six deputies to Walton County's elementary schools after the Connecticut school shooting.
"We both have agreed that we would keep the 15 SRD’s in our school district and it just became a matter of budget at that time."
"We've met with the superintendent to determine whether or not we wanted to continue the program into this next school year. They've advised that they do. We think it's a very viable program we think it's an important program. Now we're at a point trying to figure out if it's fiscally sound at this point" said Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson.
Sheriff Adkinson and Superintendent Anderson say they're willing to split the cost of the SRD program. But funding has become a challenge.
"The cost for Walton County school district looks to be around 307 thousand dollars and that would be for all 15 for all year long" said Anderson.
"So at this point we're still looking at an increase of about 232 thousand dollars after the amount the school board has agreed to pay" said Adkinson.
Once a final contract can be agreed on, both parties will present to their respective boards for approval. The sheriff's office will present it to county commissioners at their September 9th meeting