BAKER COUNTY, Fla. -- Baker County school leaders sat down with members of the Baker County Sheriff's Office on Monday morning, to discuss security in the school district.
"The safety and well-being of our children is No. 1 in the Baker County School District and has always been," says Baker County Superintendent Sherrie Raulerson.
The main topic of discussion was putting deputies in schools. Sheriff Joey Dobson says it's a definite yes.
"We have 45 deputies in Baker County. Two of those are in the schools. We are proud to do that," says Dobson.
He says the department has been doing that for quite some time, but after a tragedy like the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, re-evaluating the number of officers and their procedures in the schools, is a definite must. "I would hope we didn't have to have deputies in schools. When I was in this school years ago we didn't think of such a thing. But nowadays, because of the times, we do," says Dobson.
Action News asked Superintendent Raulerson, "Are you planning on putting more, implementing more deputies in schools?" She said, "That will be something we're looking at very closely. Of course, evaluating budgets and hoping the legislature will appropriate some additional money for security."
Other things discussed at the meeting were the districts routine lockdown drills, mock training for principals and teachers, and a complete walkthrough of each campus to re-evaluate what needs to be done to make each school as safe as possible.