Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mitch Perry Report 1.15.13 - Hillsborough School Board members big decision

Posted By on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 at 7:58 AM

The issue of guns in America, the 2nd Amendment, mental health issues, the NRA - they've all been something most of us have spoken with others about in the month since the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.

But unlike most of us, the people who comprise the Hillsborough County School District are going to be asked today to do something proactive - that is, vote up or down on a plan to put armed guards in all of the county's elementary schools, at a cost of $4.1 million next year and $3.7 million annually after that.

There is no price that can be put on the safety of our children is the argument that supporters of the plan by superintendent MaryEllen Elia will undoubtedly say today. But there is a price attached. And perhaps it is more than justified.

Or is it?

This is a tough decision, no doubt, for board members. They're not members of Congress. Their men and women who the county has entrusted to make the best decisions for the benefit of the school district. It won't be easy.

Any day now President Obama will unveil the recommendations on guns proposed by Vice President Joe Biden. POTUS talked about at his news conference yesterday, which also included his admonition that he "likes a good party" when asked about the perception that he's anti-social and doesn't work well with members of Congress.

Zero Dark Thirty opened last weekend in the Tampa Bay area. CL saw the Oscar nominated film, and completely understands why it's considered controversial in some quarters.

The PSTA board met yesterday in St. Petersburg, where board members said they would meet one more time with their counterparts in Hillsborough County, after HART members rescinded an earlier vote to continue to study a possible merger with PSTA. One PSTA member said she wants to know in person why HART changed their minds.

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