School Board Members and Local Lawmakers Tour Schools to Discuss Security and Mental Health
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (February 8, 2019) – Hillsborough County School Board Members have invited state lawmakers into our schools to see first-hand the needs and challenges our district faces in regard to security and mental health funding. Our district believes the best way for local legislators to know what is happening in schools is to visit our campuses.
On Monday, February 11, School Board Vice Chair Melissa Snively has invited Florida House Representative Michael Beltran (District 57) to visit two schools.
- 8:45 a.m. – Rodgers Middle School, 11910 Tucker Road, Riverview
- 10 a.m. – Newsome High School, 16550 FishHawk Blvd., Lithia
Also, on Monday, February 11, School Board Member Dr. Stacy Hahn will meet with Florida House Representative Jackie Toledo (District 60) at one school.
- 11 a.m. – Plant High School, 2415 S. Himes Ave., Tampa
Please note: Media will have a limited opportunity to walk with the School Board Member, State Representative and the principal of the school as they discuss some security upgrades and funding needs. However, after about 20 minutes, the media will be asked to leave while the group meets to discuss more detailed security issues that cannot be shared publicly. Any interested media will need to get all of the video and interviews they need during the press opportunity. We thank you for your understanding.
Since this is the anniversary week of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the board members are focusing their meetings with lawmakers on safety and security. The Hillsborough County School Board recently approved their legislative priorities, which include asking lawmakers to increase funding for security and safety needs such as yearly operating funds for school security officers, funding for campus hardening, and providing more dollars to allow districts to hire additional counselors for student mental health services.