No one can predict the future, but it’s a safe bet that Polk County will continue to see robust population growth in the years ahead.
To make sure we’re keeping up, Polk County Public Schools is always working to update and expand our schools and facilities. Our plans for the next five years were recently presented to School Board members in a draft Capital Improvement Program (CIP) for fiscal years 2020-2024.
The CIP helps ensure that funding is focused on projects that serve our students. It also provides accountability and transparency as we use revenue from the half-cent sales tax that was renewed by Polk County voters in November.
“The plan provides the guidance to accomplish the projects we informed the public we would complete,” said Angela Usher, PCPS’ assistant superintendent of facilities and operations. “It provides direction to ensure the best facilities for our students to learn are in place, be it though continued maintenance, renovations, modernizations, or additional capacity to meet our students’ every need.”
A presentation on the CIP draft is available here. School Board members are tentatively scheduled vote on a finalized plan during their next board meeting on Sept. 3.
The highlights of the CIP presentation include:
- An overview of sales tax projects that were taking place or completed this past summer. They include design work for the modernization of Mulberry High, construction of a new elementary school in Davenport, and safety and security upgrades throughout the district. In addition, we replaced playground equipment and improved the athletic fields at multiple school sites.
- A projection of revenue for facilities projects for the next five years.
- A map of proposed new school locations, and a list of planned school additions and remodeling projects.
- A summary of the different categories of school upgrades and equipment funded by half-cent sales tax revenue.
Photo caption: Construction taking place on the new elementary school in Davenport