Franklin will be a historic site in 2026, but by the end of the summer, it will have a significant facelift to show off its beautiful architecture.
Franklin is one of four major referendum projects that Charles Perry Partners, Inc. (CPPI) worked on in our district. Clark Elementary and Benito Middle School were completed ahead of schedule, once they were cleared to enter schools. They are currently wrapping up Wharton High School and doing a major A/C overhaul, repainting the school a meditative blue, sealing all the brick around the building and replacing flooring at Franklin Middle Magnet.
“Being a Hillsborough taxpayer, I am all for it. I had kids who went through the school system and knew they needed some help getting back up to par and a better learning environment,” Randall Fitkin, VP and Regional Manager at CPPI.
CPPI is based in Gainesville, with a regional office in Tampa. Contractors are following CDC guidelines very closely—talking to each worker before they get started for the day, asking essential health questions, signing a waiver and implementing social distancing protocols.
In Florida, it’s essential to have an HVAC system that works, is energy efficient, saves taxpayers money, and, more importantly, kids aren’t worried about their learning environment. They are only concerned with their class subjects.
More than two dozen air conditioning projects are currently in progress in Hillsborough Schools. Aside from the major AC and roof projects in progress, a third of our schools are active job sites. Projects include anything from fire alarm system replacements, carpeting and flooring, interior and exterior painting, playgrounds and paved parking lots.
All of the subcontractors working on the projects at Franklin Middle are local to Hillsborough County. Referendum dollars spent are going right back into our community by hiring local companies and vendors to do all of the work. To date, more than 63% of the projects have been awarded to locally owned businesses.
April 2020 sales tax revenue came in at a 28% reduction— the exact prediction of State loss. The good news, all projects this summer taking place in our district are fully funded, despite the expected slow in sales tax revenue due to COVID-19. Our Operations Team monitors the tax revenue and is currently working to adjust project timelines based on priority and need.
“I just want to say thank you. Thank you to the taxpayers, because the reality, without that, this would not be happening in our school. All of these projects are additional projects we did not have funding for—Franklin Middle School would not have this HVAC system if it weren't for this sales tax referendum,” said Farkas.
It’s important to keep in mind that these referendum projects are additional projects we did not have funding for if it wasn’t for the voters of Hillsborough County approving this referendum. More than 100 projects already completed would still be on a prioritized deferred maintenance to-do list.
To see a full list of projects in progress, CLICK HERE.
For more information on Franklin Middle Magnet, Boys Preparatory Academy visit: http://franklin.mysdhc.org/. In the Fall of 2020-21, Franklin will offer the Cambridge International Program, one of the first in Hillsborough Schools.