Alachua school district taking oversight committee applicants

Classroom concept with books, pencils on table in front of chalk board
Classroom concept with books, pencils on table in front of chalk board

Alachua County Public Schools is accepting applications for a vacant at-large seat on the committee that reviews all expenditures from revenues raised through the Half-Cent for Schools sales tax. 

Alachua County voters approved in November of 2018 the ballot language that created a citizens’ oversight committee for the half-cent sales tax. To see a list of the construction and renovation projects currently underway, click here

The Half-Cent Oversight Committee is made up of 12 members. Each of the five school board members and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Carlee Simon have selected one member.

And additional four members on the committee were chosen to represent parents, employees and other groups that were active in the Half-Cent for Schools ballot initiative, including the Alachua County Council of PTAs, the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Alachua County Education Association and Citizens for Strong Schools.

Under the committee bylaws, local citizens should fill two additional seats, and it is one of those at-large seats that is currently vacant. The seat comes with a two-year term, and members must attend two to four meetings each year.

Financial management, construction or other relevant experience is preferred. Neither school board employees nor those with any financial dealings with the district would be eligible for membership on the committee.

The deadline to apply is February 23. The school board will vote on the new at-large member at the March 16 business meeting.

The application for the at-large seat is available on the district’s website (click here).

To review oversight committee meeting agendas, minutes, and financial statements, click here. The February financial statement reports the district’s sales tax fund balance is $104 million. 

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