Return to Headlines

School Board Approves Master Facility Plan for District

 

The Duval County School Board approved the school district's Master Facilities Plan at its meeting on July 2, 2019.

 

Earlier this year, the School Board approved a resolution for a referendum to create a half-penny voluntary sales tax to fund the plan. The sales tax would need voter approval, but to get to voters, the City Council and the Mayor need to approve for the referendum to be on the ballot. 

 

You can see the plan and much more information about the proposed referendum at www.ourduvalschools.org.

 

The approved Master Facility Plan includes these top 10 features:

 

1. School safety and security are at the top of the
priority list for every school.


2. The plan eliminates $1 billion of maintenance
issues expected over the next five years.


3. The plan removes more than 400 portables,
eliminating most, if not all, portables in the district.


4. The plan includes a methodology for equitable
funding for charter schools using similar criteria
driving funding to repair traditional schools.


5. The district conducted more than 20
community meetings and many small-group
meetings. An online survey received more than
1,600 responses. The plan represents the diverse
voices of the community.


6. The plan will consolidate schools, reducing the
number of schools and student seats, while
building new schools in areas of growth.


7. The plan is founded on a comprehensive and
detailed engineering and site inspection of all
school campuses.


8. The district analyzed long-term enrollment
trends and anticipated the impact of future charter
schools and other choice options.


9. The plan is based on financial guidance from
external analysts with the PFM group, a group that
also advises the City of Jacksonville.


10. A citizen oversight committee will review all
expenditures in accordance with the plan.