Florida district planning construction projects after tax approved

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pierson Elementary is a cramped, outdated campus where some buildings date back to 1926 and nearly 200 of the school’s 560 students meet in portable classrooms.

Principal R.T. Myers often hears from community members who wonder: When are we getting a new school?

Their wait may be over soon after Volusia County voters last week approved extending a half-cent sales tax that will foot the bill for a new Pierson Elementary and a host of other capital expenses, including replacing and renovating facilities; improving technology access; and enhancing campus security. The tax is expected to generate $32 million annually for 15 years. It will replace the current half-cent sales tax when it expires at the end of 2016.

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