Negotiations Continue Between Alachua County Public Schools and ASO

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Alachua County, Fla. (WCJB)- In response to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Highschool in Parkland last February, the state requires at least one school resource officer for each school facility.

In the past, the Alachua County School Board has worked with a combination of local police enforcement in Gainesville, High Springs, and Alachua and the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.
This year, the Alachua County Schools are offering $37,750 per officer to each of the agencies. Local police have accepted the offer, but Alachua County Sheriff Office is looking for $61,686 per officer.

The school board doesn't see the cause for the expense since ASO does not need any new officers from their previous year commitment to meet state requirements.
ASO says the school board hasn't been paying their fair-share which they believe should include salaries for two new substitute school resource deputies, 4 positions for supervising staff and pay for each officer outside of the school year.

The school board does not see how the additional funding is an option for them because they have used all of their Safe Space Allocations just to pay for the school resource officers - and have to use other funding to pay for other school safety precautions.

Alachua County Schools will discuss the situation privately before their next public board meeting on July 17th.
They will try to renegotiate with ASO or seek other options which could include asking private or other local law enforcement agencies to fill the missing 18 school resource officer spots.