BAY COUNTY, Fl. — For most students in Bay District Schools, being inside a classroom is the only piece of normalcy they have since Hurricane Michael. Without proper funding, a lot of those friendly faces will soon be gone.
On Thursday, Superintendent Bill Husfelt addressed the funding needs for Bay District.
“Somebody’s got to stand up and say look, do your job. Pay attention to what we need,” said Husfelt.
Husfelt along with other local officials, pleading to state leaders to get the district funding.
“As the superintendent has so eloquently and passionately articulated, we can’t do this on our own. It is now up to our state and federal leaders,” said Bay Haven Charter Academy Chief Education Officer, Larry Bolinger.
For the current school year, the district needs more than $12 million dollars and for the next school year, an additional $24 million dollars.
If the district doesn’t get the money, Husfelt says they will suffer more loss, “We will have to lay off or terminate almost 600 employees.”
He says it’s time for things to get done.
“I have a firm, firm deep belief that Tallahassee will see the light and correct what they haven’t done. They still have time to do it right now, that’s why I wanted to do this during the session, I had people tell me, ‘no don’t make them mad don’t make them mad,’ well they’re not doing anything.”
Superintendent Husfelt says if funding isn’t approved by the end of this legislative session on May 3, 2019, the district will be forced to start making cuts.
Husfelt encourages all residents to reach out to Federal Government leaders to offer encouragement to get disaster funding passed. Contact information for the people Husfelt calls, ‘decision makers’ are above in the photos.