Flagler Schools School Board Inks Safety Contract With Sheriff’s Office

Tuesday, May 15, 2018 - 8:16pm

Tonight, members of the Flagler County School Board unanimously approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office to provide security on all public school campuses for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a major component of SB 7026, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, passed by state lawmakers earlier this year following the school shooting in Parkland.

Under the agreement, Flagler Schools will pay half the cost for ten deputies, a sergeant and unit commander for a total cost of $696,004, which does not include overtime. Also included in the MOU is the full funding of 9 school crossing guards at a cost of $92,938. Palm Coast city council members have agreed to continue funding an additional school resource deputy. This will allow the district to have a deputy at each of the five elementary schools and two middle schools. There will be two SRD’s at both high schools in Flagler County. The additional school resource deputy will fill in where needed.

Following tonight’s vote, Flagler Schools Superintendent James Tager told the members of the board and those attending the meeting “Sheriff Rick Staly is an important partner in keeping our campuses safe. We all understand the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act is a good first step. Yet, at the same time, we also understand there is still much work to be done to ensure the spirit of that act is fully funded. I am confident that by working together with Sheriff Staly, as well as all our law enforcement partners, we can make that happen.”

The Memorandum of Understanding goes into effect July 1st and ends June 30th.