FLAGLER COUNTY -- Flagler County School Board members Tuesday night unanimously approved an agreement with the Sheriff's Office to employ deputies to all public schools for the next school year.

  • Flagler to place deputies into all public schools next year
  • District to pay for half the cost of 9 deputies, 1 sergeant, 1 unit commander
  • Move is component of state measure passed after Parkland

The memorandum of understanding will employ deputies to all Flagler public school campuses for the 2018-2019 school year.

According to a news release from the School Board, Flagler County schools will pay for half the costs of employing nine deputies, one sergeant and a unit commander.

Schools spokesman Jason Wheeler said the costs will amount to $696,004, not including overtime.

The move is a major component of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act, passed by state lawmakers earlier this year following the school shooting in Parkland.

The agreement also includes nine fully funded school crossing guards. Additionally, the Palm Coast City Council said it will continue to fund an additional school resource deputy.

The agreement goes into effect July 1, 2018 and would end June 20, 2019.