We’re keeping you ConnectED – August 2022

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Support the Referendum, Support Teachers

Support for the upcoming millage increase will have a direct impact on our district’s ability to recruit and retain high quality teachers, who we need to help students close these achievement gaps.

At least 75 percent of the millage rate increase would be used to increase compensation for teachers and support staff. HCPS has also committed referendum funding to protect and expand art, music, physical education and workforce programs.

  • The 4-year referendum is projected to increase funding for the district around $146 million annually.
  • Property owners would pay $1 for every $1,000 in assessed home value.
  • With a Florida law called Save our Homes, tax assessment increases are capped at 3% to help ensure Floridians aren’t priced out of their own homes.

Learn more about the proposed millage rate increase and how it will benefit students, teachers and support staff in this month’s newsletter.

Help put School Supplies into the Hands of Students Who Need Them Most

Our Teaching Tools Resource Center is now open for the school year and it has been packed!

Teachers from the district’s highest needs schools are getting ready for students to return to their classrooms on Wednesday. Before school has even started, we have already served nearly 700 teachers, who scheduled their shopping trips and loaded up their carts with free supplies and resources.

Here are just a few ways you can help stock our shelves:

 Donate supplies at one of our upcoming events as part of our Tampa Bay School Supply Drive,

 Host your own supply drive,

 Shop our Amazon Wish List,

 Or make a donation!

Learn more about our Teaching Tools Resource Center and Supply Drive Season in our newsletter.

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Donor Spotlight: Peninsula Steel

Our work doesn’t happen without the generosity of our donors. That’s why we dedicate a section in our monthly newsletter to showcase the individuals and companies making our mission possible.

For this month’s feature, we are celebrating one of our newer donors, Peninsula Steel.

Peninsula Steel, with facilities in Plant City and Texas, manufactures steel products for the construction industry.

The company believes just as steel is important to the structure of a building, education is one of the main supports of the community where their employees live and work and their children attend our public schools.

“It is part of our mission to promote the growth and development of our community and work hand-in-hand with local organizations that contribute to elevating one of the essential areas in our society, such as education,” said Carolina Miranda, Peninsula Steel’s Vice President and Director of Administration.

The company first became a sponsor of the Regional STEM Fair through HEF to support the innovative young minds of our future scientists, researchers and doctors.

Read the full interview in August’s newsletter.

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