2019-20 budget vote and BOE elections

2019-20 budget approved by voters

five laughing middle school girls at the cafeteria table

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Florida voters approved the district budget for 2019-20 by a vote of 381 yes votes to 164 no votes.

Voters also elected three members to the board of education: Sue Wheeler (3 year term), Meg Sgombick (3 year term) and Coleen Connolly (1 year term).

Through careful planning, the $22,687,220 spending plan minimized the increase in the tax levy to 1.5 percent, far under Florida’s allowable increase of 2.2 percent. The tax levy is the total amount of money a school district can raise through property taxes.

Expanded student opportunities

Two grade 3 girls play on the climbing barsThe budget expands the academic program and ensures that our students have the resources and opportunities they need to prepare for the future.

The spending plan includes continued investments in safety and security, brings new educational programs and opportunities to students, and expands classroom technology. It also calls for the addition of a special education teacher, certified athletic trainer services, and the expansion of social and emotional student support.

At the same time, the district’s utilization of state aid reimbursement has led to a significant increase in aid, helping to alleviate the local tax burden and keeping the levy well below the tax cap.

Budget highlights

  • Creates a distance learning classroom to expand student opportunities
  • Adds a special education teacher to enhance instructional services
  • Certified athletic trainer services for interscholastic sports, making athletics safer and healthier
  • Additional social and emotional support services for students
  • School safety and security is enhanced
  • Continued investment in classroom technology
  • Replacement of 19-year-old facilities truck

Voter Information

School budget votes and elections to the board of education are held annually on the third Tuesday in May.

Who can vote?

You are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, 18 years or older, a district resident for at least 30 days prior to the vote, and registered. If you are registered to vote in general elections you are automatically eligible to vote in school elections.

You may register 9 a.m. – 3 p.m any day the district office is open.

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