At a budget workshop Tuesday the Duval County School Board found some money to fund school sports for next year
It wasn't all that long ago that some sports were on the chopping block before the Mayor stepped in to help out with funds. Board member Tommy Hazouri says this year, they're paying for sports with money called rollover dollars.
"They're committed funds, but if we don't spend them on certain items, then we continue to carry them over," says Hazouri.
Last year, Hazouri says the district had to make some tough calls between funding academic programs and funding school athletics.
"The money really wasn't last year to do that. If we did, it would have been a stretch."
Hazouri says grades have got to come first when the choice comes down to academics or athletics.
The school board is also putting $4 million back into the system for the addition of about 40 guidance counselor positions, something Hazouri says was one of the biggest things to come out of Tuesday's workshop.
Hazouri says although it's great Governor Rick Scott has put $1 billion back into public education this year, it doesn't make up for the $3 billion that Scott has cut from education over the past several years.