JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Duval County Public School District debated Thursday the need for more media specialists.
It is a librarian-type position the district does not currently have a lot of on staff.
Spokeswoman Marsha Oliver said media specialists are mostly part-timers the schools must share.
But some school board members expressed concern about low reading levels during a budget workshop.
Specifically, it was mentioned that more than half of all third graders in the district are reading at below grade level.
The problem, though, is staffing every building with a media specialist would cost an extra $7 million, according to Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti.
He said in order to afford that, the district would have to lower its reserve balance or rework staffing allocations for the 2013-2014 school year.
Another option he said would be to issue a plea for volunteers from the community.
Regardless, Dr. Vitti said the supply would never meet the demand.
The district's budget will not be approved until July.
No decision was made Thursday about adding more media specialists to help kids with reading.
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