Lori Prevatt
Levy County Sheriff Bobby McCallum and Levy County Schools Superintendent Jeff Edison discussed school security March 16 at Chiefland Elementary School.
McCallum, Edison talk school security

By Lori Prevatt, Citizen Correspondent

A public school security meeting at Chiefland Elementary educated about 30 parents on some changes coming to the security measures at the school and possible changes coming in the near future.

The changes were prompted March 9 when Gov. Rick Scott signed Senate Bill 7026, a 105-page bill addressing school security and safety. The bill was proposed after the Valentine’s Day school shooting at Marjory Douglas Stone high school.

Sheriff Bobby McCallum addressed the crowd of parents and citizens on the evening of March 16.

“I don’t think I have been anymore stressed as I am right now for the task set before us. This bill has left the superintendent and I in a very tight spot,” McCallum said. “The bill requires a school resource officer in every school. The sheriffs department works hand in with the police department. They will back up school resource officers. We’ve increased the numbers of patrol officers, so we can pay close attention to our schools,” McCallum said.