We pay taxes to the school board and also for the Manatee County Sheriff's Office (or City of Bradenton or City of Palmetto police, depending on where you live) to provide a safe and secure place for students to attend school.
Spending $1 million a year for "security guards" who are unarmed and have no arrest authority makes no sense.
Security at public schools is the job of local police.
To be sure, it's probably not absolutely necessary to have an SRO on every campus all the time, but it seems reasonable to have an officer on a regular patrol shift nearly every school and available within a few minutes for emergency situations.
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And it doesn't need to be the same officer every day, but part of a regular shift rotation ought to include school neighborhood duty.
Maybe the various police departments need to decide what's more important, writing tickets or securing our school neighborhoods.
Palmetto has made the choice. Holmes Beach has made the choice.
Shouldn't Bradenton and Manatee County be required to follow their lead?