CHIPLEY - Following a state mandate, Washington County School District School Board announced its pick Monday for a School Safety Specialist.

The School Board announced at a school board meeting, Kimberly Register will serve in the capacity. A rather broad description of Register's position includes a "job goal," which states that the specialist will "coordinate all phases of school safety and security for staff and students."

She will also work with state officials from Department of Education, also, every level of the school district - from school administrators and law enforcement to parents and community organizations - to fulfill the job goal.

The new school safety specialist position is one of a number of requirements made by Florida Department of Education following the Parkland shooting. School districts had until July 1 this year to create and fill the position.

In a letter to superintendents, Gov. Rick Scott stated: "There is nothing more important than making our schools safer, and we have record amounts of funding to accomplish this goal." The governor said the 2018-19 school year will see a $484 million budget increase - due in part to a statewide concerted effort to "make schools safer."