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- Superintendent Alberto Carvalho told those at a Monday meeting that an additional $10 million from the state will go to added security.
- Included in that is a plan to put 100 additional officers in schools as part of a legislative mandate that one be placed in every school.
At a town hall meeting with the Miami-Dade School Board and Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, the man in charge of the nation’s fourth largest school district revealed some new plans regarding safety plans – all driven by the deadly mass shooting just one country to the north.
Carvalho told parents, teachers and school board members at a Monday meeting that an additional $10 million from the state of Florida will go toward extra security – including a plan to put 100 additional officers in schools as part of a legislative mandate that one be placed in every school.
“I’m the superintendent, but first I am a father and a resident,” Carvalho said. “The one thing I lose sleep over is the safety and security of kids.”
Carvalho said the county will also present other safety measures, including the use of mandatory ID cards for parents and teachers as well as expanded investment in mental health and technology designed to look into social media threats.
One of the parents at the meetings, Lisa Gonsky, is also the assistant principal at a Miami-Dade elementary school and says she understands the concerns after February’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland – where 17 students and staff died.
"I try to reassure them (parents) – you send your kids to us, we take care of them,” Gonsky said. “We are fixing what happened in Parkland."