Commissioners Refuse School Funding Because Of Tobacco Policy

Three Martin County commissioners voted no to more school funding because starting this school year, all schools in Martin County will implement a 100% tobacco free policy. The policy bans the use of all forms of tobacco on school property at any time and includes school related activities such as athletic events and field trips. The concern is that the tobacco policy is too broad. Chairman Mort Hurst says he's also concerned with the law enforcement resources it may take to enforce the tobacco free policy. Martin County schools superintendent Tom Daly says while the school system is experiencing a rise in energy costs and employee salaries, at this point there has been no discussion to make cuts in jobs or school programs.