Polk County Public Schools is extending its thanks and appreciation to members of its local legislative delegation for their work in securing nearly $18 million in new revenue for the school district.
“On behalf of the board, our students and employees, and all our stakeholders, I would like to thank each of our local delegation members, and particularly Sen. Kelli Stargel, chair of the PreK-12 appropriations subcommittee,” said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd.
“We appreciate their support in securing an increase in discretionary spending and the continuation of the compression funding allocation, a high priority for PCPS. These dollars will help us better serve students and our community. We are most grateful to our local delegation members for recognizing the need for more funding within our school district — and for doing something about it.”
Included in a budget package submitted to Gov. Ron DeSantis on Saturday is a $69.46 increase in the base student allocation for Polk County. The BSA is the amount of discretionary money the district receives per each student it serves.
Total funding per student increased by $225.45 to $7,430.87.
Overall, the budget that now must be signed into law by Gov. DeSantis includes $17,792,499 in new, non-restricted funds, with approximately $7 million of that due to projected enrollment growth within the district.