Important take-aways from FLSD HSV May 2nd, Forum:
FACT: HSV has 260 FLSD students, yet HSV residents account for 72% of the taxpaying voters in the FLSD boundaries.
The following is to occur in the School Year 2019-2020:
FACT: Should the millage increase pass, FLSD will immediately sell bonds (borrow) $6,000,000.00.
FACT: If the millage vote passes, construction will begin this coming July on a new 10,000 sq. foot Pre-School Building, at a cost of $2,600,000.00. Currently FLSD has two classes of pre-school students (totaling 40 students), with a wait list of 15 students. This is clearly a “build it and they will come” plan.
FACT: Road way, parking and other site (school) development will also commence this coming July to the tune of $2,400,000.00, if the millage increase is passed.
FACT: Capital Improvements – pavement overlays, secure all entry ways, and a considerable expansion of the current cafeteria at a projected cost of $1,000,000.00 are also set to begin this summer.
FACT: Certified salary increase of $1,000 per teacher for a projected cost of $160,000.
So, as you can see the millage increase is not all about the teachers’ salaries, which is what we are led to believe. You can find the slideshow of last evening’s presentation on the FLSD website. Sadly, because the Forum was not advertised well by FLSD, I counted just a little under a dozen HSV residents in attendance beyond the FLSD staff living in the Village.