2018 School Referendum (Expired 6/30/2023)

  • Enhance school safety

    school police officersSecurity 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 Initiative
      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 and music education

    student playing the 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 in front of classroom

    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

    Teacher Referendum Supplement FAQs

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