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Letter from School Board Chair, Spring Newsletter

Greetings,

As we move towards to the end of 2018-2019, it is exciting to consider all of the projects and improvements coming to all of our school sites. The Half-Cent sales tax was made possible by your advocacy and the vision and commitment of the voters of Alachua County. To keep up with what will be happening at each school, please visit https://fl02219191.schoolwires.net/Page/29150.

Of the approximately $240 million raised over twelve years, 6% is earmarked for the forthcoming new elementary school, while 94% will go towards renovations and modernization of our existing schools. It is easy to follow both planning and progress by accessing the link provided above.

As we are well into the Florida Legislative Session, please stay up to date with the bills concerning K-12 education. Please make your concerns and thoughts known both to local representatives, along with leadership and the governor. As parents, your opinions and advocacy should matter the most. Beware of train bills such as SB 7070. It is chock full of significant, if not radical, changes. The first thing we should ask is to “do no further harm.”

Thanks to ACCPTA and the wonderful PTA members throughout Alachua County. Your School Board appreciates your willingness to do what is needed to help our children, teachers and public schools.

Robert P. Hyatt

Chairperson, Alachua County School Board

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