As school tax referendum approaches, Sarasota district seeks to downplay drama

Herald Tribune

By Elizabeth Djinis
Staff Writer

Posted Jan 13, 2018 at 10:00 AM
Updated Jan 13, 2018 at 7:39 PM

It’s impossible to attend even one information session or read an information packet about the Sarasota County School District without hearing this phrase: Sarasota is an A-rated district.

In fact, Sarasota is one of only two districts in the Sunshine State to maintain an A grade from the Florida Department of Education since the grading system’s 2004 inception. That status is due in large part to a 1-mill voluntary property tax that voters have agreed to impose and retain for more than a decade. It supplies the district with $56 million a year, and now makes up 13 percent of the schools’ operating budget.

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