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Voters approve St. Lucie County school referendum

Credit: WPTV News | West Palm Beach
Published on April 24, 2019 - Duration: 02:24s

Voters approve St. Lucie County school referendum

Tuesday is the deadline to vote on a new property tax increase in St.

Lucie County that would benefit schools.

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Voters approve St. Lucie County school referendum

TEACHERS..

AND MORE MONEY FORSCHOOL SECURITY!

BOTH ARE NOWA REALITY IN ST LUCIE COUNTY -AFTER VOTERS SAID YES TONIGHT- IN A SCHOOL REFERENDUM.IT'S AN ISSUE THAT PASSED..

BYNEARLY A TWO-TO-ONE MARGIN...WPTV NEWSCHANNEL 5'S MEGHANMCROBERTS REPORTS - SCHOOLLEADERS HOPE IT MAKES ADIFFERENCE IN KEEPING TOTEACHERS.

MEGHAN?THE FACT IS - HAD VOTERS NOTAPPROVED THIS ONE MILLINCREASEWAS GOING TO HAVE TO MAKETOUGH DECISIONS& AND LIKELYMAKE CUTS.

INSTEAD- VOTERSGIVING THE DISTRICT A MUNEEDED NEW SOURCE OF INCOME.<< 06:29:39:10“Frankly, veryelated” ST.

LUCIE COUNTYTEACHERS&BREATHING A SIGH OFRELIEF.

06:38:51:07“Elated,excited.

Um, proud that thecounty stood up and said yeswe support our teachers andour schools and our students”COLLEEN PETERSON..

TEACHES ATST.

LUCIE WEST K-8 06:37:41:04“I teach second grade” AND ISAMONG THE TEACHERS RECEIVING AMUCH NEEDED PAY RAISE NEXTSCHOOL YEAR.

06:40:49:09“Itnot that we want more money.We want more for our students.And to have highly qualifiedteachers, you have to paythem” ST.

LUCIE COUNTY HASBEEN THE LOWEST PAYINGDISTRICT IN OUR AREA...THOUSANDS BELOW THE STATEAVERAGE.

THIS- COULD HELPCHANGE THAT.

06:41:48:06“Wehave many teachers just atthis school alone that havesecond and third jobs." THEDISTRICT SAYS THE INCREASEWILL COST PROPERTY OWNERS ONAVERAGE LESS THAN 10 DOLLARS AMONTH FOR 4 YEARS.

BUT WILLRAISE AROUND 22 MILLIONDOLLARS& FOR TEACHER PAY,SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS ANDMORE MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES.06:45:17:21.

(SUPERINTENDENTPHONER)“This will make ourteacher salaries and our paycompetitive with surroundingcounties who have passedsimilar referendums, as well.And just as important, we willbe able to maintain a schoolresource officer on everycampus to keep our childrensafe and to keep our staffsafe.

So, weecstatic” TESTING COORDINATORCLAUDIA MARTIN-VEGUE HOPEFULTHE PAY RAISES WILL HELP KEEPEXPERIENCED TEACHERS IN THECOUNTY.

06:29:05:04“Weteachers at this school haveto leave in the middle of theyear because they cannotfinancially stay within ourcounty” THEY SAY THISIS THEMORALE BOOST NEEDED TO WRAP UPTHE SCHOOL YEAR.

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