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Budget Workshop to Address Upcoming Fiscal Challenges

June 07, 2017

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (June 7, 2017) – The Hillsborough County School Board will meet on Thursday, June 8, at 9 a.m., for a budget workshop to discuss upcoming fiscal challenges that face Hillsborough County Public Schools.

The current state budget for public education will not provide enough funding for our district’s increased costs. Hillsborough County Public Schools, like other districts across the state, anticipate a budget deficit.

State lawmakers approved a Base Student Allocation, as part of the state budget passed in May, which is $27 less than last year and is lower than 2007-2008 student allocation levels. The Base Student Allocation is a source of flexible funding school districts receive. It is used to pay for new or continuing educational programs and salaries for teachers and staff.

Governor Rick Scott has called for a special session this week asking lawmakers to increase funding to public education. Even with the Governor’s proposal, state funding has not kept up with student growth and increased costs in school districts across the state.

The purpose of the workshop is to share suggestions, ideas and strategies the district will need to take to balance the budget. The district will consider a number of budget strategies to reduce costs while protecting the programs that impact student achievement. Superintendent Eakins believes the district will meet the challenges and continue to provide high quality education to all students. “We will continue to advocate for all students so that they can be successful and achieve their dreams,” said Superintendent Jeff Eakins.

The workshop will be live streamed on the district website and will also be live on the Tampa Bay Arts and Education network (TBAE), on Spectrum Cable channel 635 or Frontier Cable channel 32.

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