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Excited Elementary Students Will Enjoy First Playground Paid for with Referendum Dollars

April 12, 2019

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications


Tampa, Fla. – (April 12, 2019) – Hundreds of students at Potter Elementary School will be the first in the district to enjoy a new playground that is being paid for with funds from the half-penny Education Referendum.

Today, Friday, April 12, crews will begin installing the new play equipment - replacing the old playground that has been on campus for 20 years.

Media is invited to come to Potter Elementary at 11:45 a.m. to see the installation and speak with teachers and students who are excited for the new equipment where they can run, climb and slide on during recess every day. Potter Elementary School is located at 3224 E. Cayuga St., Tampa. Media should meet by the gate to the playground off N. 31st St. on the west side of the school.

Just last week, the district received the first check from the half-penny sales tax, totaling $9 million dollars from January sales tax collections. Now the district is ready to deliver on our half-penny promise to taxpayers. Smaller projects including playgrounds, athletic courts and tracks and painting projects will begin now.

Just this year, in smaller projects, we expect to:

  • Replace 50 playgrounds, tracks and athletic courts
  • Complete 31 re-painting and re-carpeting projects
  • Invest more than $1 million in school security improvements

Larger projects including air conditioner replacements and roof replacements will begin this summer when students and staff are off campus. 

This year, in larger projects, we expect to:

  • Replace or overhaul 21 school air conditioners
  • Replace aging roofs on 13 schools

The money will benefit students in every area of Hillsborough County, at all of our 235 schools. The projects across the district will be spread over the next ten years as the district receives the money. Our district teams created a plan of 1,785 total projects, focusing on high priority needs.


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