First $9 Million Sales Tax Check Delivered to Hillsborough Schools
For Immediate Release
Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
Hillsborough Residents Overwhelmingly Voted for Major Improvements at Schools Benefiting Students and Staff
Tampa, Fla. – (April 2, 2019) – It’s an exciting day in Hillsborough County Public Schools as the first multi-million dollar check from the Education Referendum has been delivered to Hillsborough Schools, paving the way for major projects at traditional district schools in every area of the county.
A check in the amount of $9 million, from January sales tax collections, marks the first wave of tax money from purchases in Hillsborough County. Voters spoke up back in November, with an overwhelming approval of the half-penny sales tax to support students, teachers and school staff.
Today, at 2:30 p.m., Superintendent Jeff Eakins, School Board members and members of the Citizen Oversight Committee will be at Mitchell Elementary School, located at 205 Bungalow Park Ave., Tampa for a media availability with the $9 million check in hand, to thank residents for their trust and update reporters on the first phase of hundreds of upcoming projects set to begin within days of the check being deposited.
Reporters will also be able to see the needs at Mitchell Elementary, which will undergo major work this summer.
The projects across the district will be spread over the next ten years as the district receives the money. Our facilities and maintenance teams have been working behind the scenes for the last five months to select companies who will carry out the work and begin initial planning and design for the first phase of projects. Our district teams created a plan of 1,785 total projects, focusing on high priority needs.
The first of the largest projects, including 21 air conditioner replacements and millions of dollars in roof repairs, will begin over the summer, when students and staff are off campus—as crews of sometimes more than 100 workers complete the work. Other, smaller projects will begin soon after depositing this check.
The independent Citizen Oversight Committee, led by former State Education Commissioner Betty Castor and Sheriff Chad Chronister, has been reviewing each of the projects and spending before the work is submitted to the School Board for final approval.