More state funding could be coming to the Panhandle for hurricane Michael recovery efforts.
The Florida house and senate released parts of its proposed budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
The Senate proposal would bring the total state hurricane Michael recovery funding to $1.8 billion. The Senate plan includes $14.2 million for school districts that face losing money due to student population drops. Bay district requested $13 million this year and $27 million for next year for its operational budget. Superintendent Bill Husfelt said if this proposal passes, it could be enough to help save educator jobs.
“I have a meeting with Senator Gainer and Representative Trumbull as well as FEMA, so I feel very confident they will do everything we’ve asked them to do.“
Bay district lost 12.8 percent of its student population including charter schools, more than 4,000 students.