JACKSONVILLE, Fl. - Duval County school board members are set to discuss a plan that would take unarmed security guards from elementary schools and put them in high schools.
Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti proposed the plan and said high schools are at a higher security risk than elementary schools.
The plan would take guards from larger elementary schools that already have at least one, and put the guards in high schools.
The district budgeted to allow each school to have at least one hired unarmed security guard. Some schools have more than one guard based on the number of students.
The district set aside $24 million last year for school security, but the same amount of money may not be available for next year.
“When you see a reduction in revenue, you can’t fund at the same level you did before,” Dr. Vitti said.
The plan would not impact middle schools or the district’s police department.
Some parents of elementary school students and teacher union representatives voiced concern over the possible switches.
“Some of these schools are an accident waiting to happen,” said Arlington Elementary volunteer Charlotte Nepowada. “Is it going to take the death of a child to get help?"
The school board is set to discuss the budget, which includes the proposed security changes, next Tuesday.