A delay in the release of school grades caused the Bay District School Board to take some emergency action. The board approved nearly $300,000 to purchase instructional materials to help some schools who earned a D or F.
The District Assistance Team met this month and recommended various reading and learning programs for seven of the district's lowest performing schools.
The board had set aside some funds for these resources, but had to use an additional about $181,000 to purchase everything.
The supplies should be in the schools next week and will be used where needed.
"I think next year we're going to be talking about these schools in the same light that we're talking about Springfield. They rose up, and they met the challenge and went above and beyond to really approve. This is what we want to help these schools do," said Superintendent Bill Husfelt, speaking to the board.
The board also approved a contract with the Bay County Sheriff's Office to put eleven school resource deputies and a supervisor in the schools. The district received grants to fund two positions last year. However, this year they're only receiving one which costs the district an additional $55,000.