Referendum 2018

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HB 7123 - THE WILL OF VOTERS PREVAILS!

The Florida House and Senate agreed on a version of HB 7123 that would no longer force school districts to retroactively share voter-approved referendum funds with charter schools. This means that, by statute, the November 2018 voter-approved funds in Palm Beach County, are no longer subject to being used in ways inconsistent with what was promised in ballot language. The bill will now head to Governor DeSantis for his signature into law. While this bill prevents referendum sharing retroactively, the exemption excluding charter schools in revenue sharing does not apply to future referendums.

Thanks to your advocacy efforts, lawmakers in Tallahassee ultimately decided to respect the will of the voters. We sincerely appreciate all of the community stakeholders who chose to advocate on behalf of the District, and more importantly, on behalf of voter rights. Thank you once again for your continued support!

Frank A. Barbieri, Jr., Esq. Chairman, Palm Beach County School Board


School Board Chariman Frank Barbieri speaks on Channel 12 regarding HB 7123.


COUNTYWIDE SCHOOL QUESTION

Shall the School Board of Palm Beach County have authority to levy 1.00 mills of ad valorem millage dedicated for operational needs of non-charter District schools to fund school safety equipment, hire additional school police and mental health professionals, fund arts, music, physical education, career and choice program teachers, and improve teacher pay beginning July 1, 2019 and automatically ending June 30, 2023, with oversight by an independent finance committee of citizens and experts?

Superintendent's Message

Referendum Explained


What is the Need?


  ENDORSED BY

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  ENHANCE SCHOOL SAFETY

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• Maintain a certified law enforcement officer in every school.
• Hire additional police officers and purchase additional safety equipment.
• Hire additional mental health professionals - school counselors, social workers, and psychologists - to support the social and emotional well-being of students.

  KEEP ARTS & MUSIC EDUCATION

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  • Continue to fund over 650 Art, Music, PE, Health, Choice and Career education teachers.
  • Ensure there are no cuts made to existing teaching staff levels
  IMPROVE TEACHER PAY

Teacher teaching classProvide eligible teachers with a retention supplement based upon their years of 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

If approved by voters, these supplements will be in place for 4 years (FY20 to FY23) beginning in August of 2019.

Every dollar collected and spent will be overseen by an Independent Referendum Oversight Committee of citizens and experts.

If approved by voters, the levy will automatically expire after four years.

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