Hillsborough Schools Education Referendum Passes with 56% of the Vote
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Tampa, Fla. – (November 6, 2018) – Hillsborough County Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins and School Board members are thanking the people of Hillsborough County for supporting the Education Referendum with a 56% vote.
“The people have spoken and they support our students. This overwhelming approval of the half-penny sales tax shows the deep care and understanding the people of Hillsborough County have for education, our students, our teachers and staff and the future of our community,” Superintendent Jeff Eakins said.
“So what’s next? Money will begin coming into our district in February and work in our schools will begin soon afterward. This is a ten-year referendum, so the projects will be spread over those ten years as the district receives the money. Our facilities and maintenance teams will focus on high priority projects. The district will go out for bids from outside vendors for larger projects such as fire alarm replacements, school repainting and elevator upgrades and crews will begin the first phase of those projects in March and April.”
The first wave of the major projects, including 20 air conditioner replacements and millions of dollars in roof repairs, will begin over the summer, because students and staff must be off campus as crews of sometimes more than 100 workers complete the projects.
The independent Citizen Oversight Committee, led by former State Education Commissioner Betty Castor and Sheriff Chad Chronister, will review each of the projects and the spending on those projects prior to them being brought before the School Board for final approval.
Superintendent Eakins and School Board members expressed their appreciation for the people who worked hard on this referendum, including the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, the Alliance for Public Schools, the parents of our Hillsborough County PTA/PTSA organizations, the Hillsborough Education Foundation, Hillsborough School Employees Federation, and the Hillsborough Association of School Administrators.
The Superintendent and School Board members also thanked our district’s dedicated employees, especially our principals, who worked tirelessly to inform the community about their schools’ needs and the challenges their children face every day.