More deputies proposed for Seminole County schools

School Board to vote on $700K proposal next month

SANFORD, Fla. - Seminole County students may be seeing more armed deputies at elementary schools, if a proposal is passed.

Seminole County School Board officials heard a proposal on Tuesday night that would add 10 new full-time school resource deputies to be assigned to 22 elementary schools.

The plan would cost $700,000 and the cost would be split between the district and the Sheriff's Office. It will be voted on at a meeting next month.

Besides playing the tradition role of resource officer, deputies would also be teaching students the new "Focus on Safety" program that deals with topics like bullying and gang violence.

The proposal has put many parents' minds at ease. 

"I think it addresses the bigger problem of the shooters in the school because so many of those kids have been bullied and slipped through the cracks," said Lalania Miller, mother of a third grader.

If the proposal passes, Seminole County will join Orange and Flagler counties, which have both added more security in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn. Citizens of Seminole County could start seeing deputies in schools as early as fall of this year.

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