St. Johns County needs 25 more deputies to put one at every school

District says added deputies would cost $1.14M for next school year

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – St. Johns County is 25 deputies short of having one at every school in the district -- a demand the county must meet after new legislation passed in Florida following the Parkland school massacre.

Gov. Rick Scott signed the new law, which requires -- among other things -- that every district in the state have an armed officer at every single school during school hours.

The law was prompted by a mass shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 students and staff members dead.

To meet the new state standard, St. Johns County says, the district needs another 25 school resource officers.

The St. Johns County School District currently has 15 resource officers for the following schools:

  • St. Augustine High School 
  • Allen D. Nease High School 
  • Bartram Trail High School 
  • Pedro Menendez High School 
  • Creekside High School 
  • Ponte Vedra High School 
  • Murray Middle School 
  • Sebastian Middle School
  • St. Johns Technical High School/FCTC
  • Gaines/Transitions
  • Gamble Rogers Middle School
  • Additional support for non-contracted schools
  • Additional support for non-contracted schools
  • Additional support for non-contracted schools
  • Additional support for non-contracted schools
  • In the most recent year-to-date contract between the St. Johns County School Board and the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, one officer costs about $45,734, which is a total of $686,010 for all 15 deputies.

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