Board Votes to Submit Millage Question to Voters

The School District of Indian River County Approves Millage
Posted on 04/29/2020
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Contact: Cristen Maddux
Telephone: 772-564-5527
Email  Cristen.Maddux@indianriverschools.org
Website www.indianriverschools.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2019

THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF INDIAN RIVER COUNTY APPROVES MILLAGE

Vero Beach, FL, April 29, 2020– The School District of Indian River County is proud to announce that our Board has determined it is in the best interest of the students in Indian River County to submit to the voters the question of continuing the ad valorem millage of a 0.50 mill for four (4) years for essential operating needs to provide high-quality educational opportunities for all students, recruit and retain high-quality educators, create technology-rich classrooms, and expand supports for school safety and mental health.

The School District of Indian River County will share the revenue generated by the 0.50 essential operating needs millage with the charter schools in Indian River County on a pro rata basis, established initially by the recalibrated unweighted full time equivalent (FTE) projection for each charter school and adjusted based upon the recalibrated October and February student survey counts of unweighted full-time equivalent (FTE) students, for each charter school to be used as described above.

Laura Zorc, Board Chairman, stated, “Going forward we have strategically identified areas of opportunity to help us reach the ambitious goal of becoming one of the highest performing school districts in the country. As stated by Dr. Moore, “get used to being the best.” The renewal of the millage for these three identified areas will give us the opportunity to enhance the quality of education here in Indian River County. We want to be the best because our students deserve to reach their fullest potential. The school buildings may be closed, but meaningful distance learning continues, thanks to the dedication of the staff, teachers, and parents. However, just as importantly, thank you to the residents of Indian River County for approving the 2016 discretionary millage that has allowed us to purchase 10,000 laptops to put into hands of our students to continue learning from home.”

Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David K. Moore, added, “Our students deserve nothing less than a world-class education. The community’s continued support of this millage will allow us to recruit and retain the best educators, innovate our classrooms, and provide social and emotional support for our students.

If approved by voters in the referendum election, occurring in the primary election of August 18, 2020, the millage will begin on July 1, 2021, and will end four fiscal years later, replacing the existing voter approved 0.50 ad valorem millage that expires June 30, 2021.

 

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Cristen Maddux at 772-564-5527 or email at Cristen.maddux@indianriverschools.org