The School District of Manatee County is holding a special vote to increase the millage rate in order to increase the salaries of teachers and all positions that directly serve students.
The “VOTE NO” committee sent out information stating that this board is fiscally irresponsible. Rick Mills and Dr. Greene walked into a school district that was on the verge of being taken over by the state. Their fiscal responsibility has brought us out of this fiscal ditch. Academically, the county school grade has been a B in two out of the last three years.
Education does not come cheap. Ask, “Why are teachers leaving Manatee Schools to go to our neighboring schools? Why are they lacking bus drivers? Why are the children with substitutes? Why do parents have to drive their kids to school?”
Students will add an additional 30 minutes per day with their teachers, as Sarasota has done for the past 16 years with their voter approved 1 mill. In total, these minutes add an entire year to the K-12 program.
Critics claim we can find the money elsewhere in the budget, but where is this pot of gold? To the school board’s credit, they recently appointed a Citizen’s Financial Advisory Committee to supplement the work done by the Independent Audit committee. There is accountability and transparency.
The school board ended the impact moratorium. The impact fee is at 100 percent. They have shown their independence from local interests.
Better schools will attract companies to the region, they will increase property values, and benefit the economy overall. Please “VOTE YES” for our kids on March 20.