The renewal of the One Mill ballot item will be on your voting ballot on November 3. This ballot item is aimed to protect teaching jobs, school nurses, technology and other Alachua County Public Schools (ACPS) programs.
This One Mill ballot item was first introduced and approved by voters in 2008, and then it was approved again in 2012 and 2016. One Mill is more important now than ever, as it works to guarantee a nurse in every school, and it helps provide school technology, including the more than 7,000 laptops and 1,000 hotspots distributed to ACPS students since the onset of COVID-19.
“All the people and programs funded through the One Mill are critical to our success as a district,” said Superintendent Karen Clarke in a press release. “We don’t want our students to lose access to any of them because there isn’t enough funding.”
The press release also noted that ACPS could lose more than $16 million in funding this school year due to COVID-19. If the One Mill gets approved again this year, it could raise about $17 million per year for the next four years. For more information about this ballot item and specific ballot language, click here!
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