There are quite a few big issues facing Bay County Schools as we head into the second half of the school year. School zoning, school choice, and start times are a few of the big issues up for discussion. What does it all mean for your children?
Bay District School Superintendent Bill Husfelt joined Donna to discuss some of these issues.
School zoning is something that often shifts with changes in population. We've heard about possibly closing Bozeman Elementary School because classrooms aren't full and we have a different situation on the beach where the elementary schools, especially Breakfast Point, are getting too full, we asked how this will be balanced.
The school zoning changes need to be debated publicly that is creating a delay in school choice which usually opens in February.
Another big issue facing our schools is safety, in light of the Newtown shootings. Superintendents across Florida have been discussing with lawmakers solutions to keeping our kids safe. We saw an increase in police in schools right after the Newtown shooting but what about permanently?
Back in 2010 the Sheriff's Office cut SRO's from schools saying the school board needed to pay for it but with the tight school budget, the school district couldn't afford it either. In light of what's happened in Newtown, has that changed?
Do you want armed guards in our schools?
Has there been any discussion among Bay County Administrators about bringing them back?
If the state doesn't pay for SRO’s, who do you think should and how much would they cost?
Superintendent Bill Husfelt answers all those question in the video link above.