2018 Tax Referendum

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This referendum was approved by voters on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.
Every dollar collected and spent will be overseen by an Independent Referendum Oversight Committee (IROC) of citizens and experts.

Enhance school safety

school police swearing in  Security Initiative
Investment of approximately $20 million per year for School Police

  • Added approximately 110 officers (school resource officers, detectives, K9, trainers, and sergeants), support staff, computer hardware, software, vehicles, equipment and supplies
  • Funded 50 School Police Aides to extend coverage
  • Secondary - Continue to fund 55 School Security Monitors
  • Secondary - Continue to fund additional overtime and services at high school football games
  • Secondary - Increased security allocations for various school events
    - MS from $1,000 to $10,000 per school
    - HS from $6,000 to $20,000 per school
  • Combined with regularly budgeted and referendum funds for School Police, the District will spend over $60 million for school policing during the 2019-2020 school year


Mental Health Initiativeteacher sitting on floor of school hallway with student

Investment of approximately $20 million

  • All levels - 1 Mental Health position per school
  • MS - minimum of 3 School Counselors per middle school
  • Secondary - 5 Extra Duty Days - School Counselor (regular and ESOL) to provide support prior to the start of school
  • School Psychologists - add 40 additional School Psychologists, 16 Extra Duty Days to provide support over the summer, additional supplies and equipment
  • Expanded Mental Health Contracted Services. The District currently has 34 Behavioral Health Agreements.


Keep arts & music education

student playing trumpet Fine Arts, Choice and Career Academy Initiative
Investment of approximately $54 million

  • Funded over 650 school fine arts, choice and career academy positions
  • Added teachers on special assignment to support and expand fine arts curriculum


Improve teacher pay

teacher teaching class Improve Teacher Pay Initiative
Investment of approximately $110 million

  • All members of the "T" bargaining unit now receive supplements based on experience:
    • 1 to 4 years of experience - $1,000 annual retention supplement
    • 5 to 9 years of experience - $5,000 annual retention supplement
    • 10 years of experience or more - $10,000 annual retention supplement
    • Retention Supplements are included in Florida Retirement System (FRS) earnings
    • These supplements are in place for 4 years (FY20 to FY23) and began August 23, 2019

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