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Vote ‘Yes’ for half-penny sales tax for Lee County schools

by Cape Coral Daily Breeze, November 2, 2018

On Wednesday the S.T. A. R. S. Community Forum in conjunction with the Lee County school District presented to the public a presentation, "Keeping You Informed".

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Why the Lee County school district wants to tear down and rebuild 2 schools

by The News-Press, November 1, 2018

When heavy rain falls in Fort Myers, part of the main outside corridor at Cypress Lake Middle School looks like a lake, Principal Kelly Maniscalco said. Sometimes Southwest Florida's rainy season causes a retention pond near the school to overflow, sending catfish down another passageway, she said.

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Teachers Support Sales Tax Increase

by Fox 4, October 17, 2018

Teachers in Lee County are hoping a half cent sales tax increase referendum on the ballot this November will help make more schools; but some voters are saying a tax hike is not the answer.

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School District Supports Half Cent Sales Tax

by WINK News, October 17, 2018

This coming election could determine how safe your kids are at schools in Lee County. School District of Lee County Spokesperson Rob Spicker said it is their top priority.

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Shame on Scott, legislature for cheating students

by The News-Press, October 17, 2018

Having directed the business/budget departments over 35 years, and at two different Florida school districts, I have been appalled and disturbed with all that I read and hear.

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We Get Details on the Lee County School Board's Half-Cent Sales Tax Referendum

by WGCU, October 15, 2018

On Tuesday, November 6 voters in Lee County will be asked to decide whether to raise the sales tax in the county by half a percent for 10 years. We're joined by Dr. Greg Atkins, Superintendent of The School District of Lee County, and School Board Member Chris Patricca, to hear their case in favor of the proposal.

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Editorial: Vote ‘yes’ on Lee sales tax; invest in schools, kids, community

by Naples Daily News, October 13, 2018

Rather than dwell on how the Lee County school district got into such a deep financial hole, voters should focus on how best to climb out of it now for the benefit of students, parents and businesses dependent on top-notch schools.

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Half-cent tax only real option to build, maintain schools

by News-Press, October 11, 2018

I am indebted to the Lee County School District for the wonderful educational opportunities it provided for my high-school-aged son when we arrived here in 1997, and I believe in paying back what is owed.

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School district releases list of projects planned under proposed tax increase

by Fox-4, October 10, 2018

As county votes plan to decide whether to levy a half-cent sales tax to benefit Lee County schools next month, the school district is laying out exactly how they plan to implement the revenue.

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Lee County schools can use impact fees to pay down debt

by News-Press, October 5, 2018

I am writing to provide information on the recent findings of the Florida Auditor General concerning the operations of the Lee County School District. I served as attorney to the Lee County School Board for 21 years, retiring in August of this year.

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FGCU president: I endorse half-cent sales tax

by News-Press, September 28, 2018

A state audit accuses the Lee County School District of misspending money and putting student’s safety at risk by not doing proper background checks on school volunteers.

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Lee County School District disputes critical state audit

by NBC-2, September 27, 2018

A state audit accuses the Lee County School District of misspending money and putting student’s safety at risk by not doing proper background checks on school volunteers.

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Editorial: What do special state audits tell sales tax voters?

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by Naples Daily News, September 22, 2018

If you’re looking for a current civics lesson on Collier County government or the Lee County school district, we have some recommended reading. There’s a new 183-page performance audit of Lee school operations or a new 46-page performance audit of Collier government.

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Funding K-12 education in Lee County

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by Cape Coral Daily Breeze, September 21, 2018

The Lee County School Board is currently seeking additional funds to fund a growing county school system that is inadequately funded by the state and county.

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Guest opinion: Borrowing more money is not the solution for Lee schools

by Cape Coral Daily Breeze, September 20, 2018

The Lee County School District is a half-billion dollars in debt. While some may argue that district administration or the school board has mismanaged the budget, audit after audit prove otherwise.

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Mirror Lakes Elementary loses A/C for several hours Monday

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Students were left sweltering in the September heat Monday when Mirror Lakes Elementary School’s air conditioning went out for about an hour.

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A tour of two of the many Lee County Schools in need of repair

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by the News-Press, September 12, 2018

On Wednesday, the Lee County School District gave journalists a tour of several Lee County Schools that are in need of repair. Slide Show

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Maintenance issues mounting for Lee County schools as tax vote gets closer

by the News-Press, September 12, 2018

The gymnasium at Franklin Park Elementary School in Fort Myers doesn't have air conditioning, and when it rains, water seeps into the building.

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Half-cent tax hike would fund updates to Lee County schools

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by NBC-2, September 12, 2018

When taking a closer look at some of the schools in Lee County, it's evident that work needs to be done. At Fort Myers High School, an air conditioning system installed in 1995 still cools the building by making ice. Elsewhere, at Franklin Park Elementary, students play in a gymnasium that is without air conditioning.

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Half-cent sales tax could provide much needed upgrades for Lee County schools

by WINK News, September 12, 2018

In the midst of a dispute about raising sales tax a half percent, one thing is for certain about some of the school in Fort Myers, they need upgrades.

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Guest opinion: Building new schools or maintaining existing schools should not be an either-or proposition

by Cape Coral Daily Breeze, September 6, 2018

Reducing class sizes to prescribed caps, advocates said, would increase student achievement and create more manageable classrooms for teachers.

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My solutions to fixing issues within Lee public schools

by the News-Press, August 31, 2018

For the past two weeks, I have attempted to document the significant need for repairs at many of our Lee County public schools.

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Ida Baker is second Lee County school facing A/C trouble

by WINK News, August 30, 2018

Oasis High students had a hot start to their fall semester with broken air conditioning. And now Ida Baker High School has lost air-conditioning in some classrooms as well.

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Lee County school district puts nine pieces of land up for sale

by the News-Press, August 29, 2018

The Lee County school district wants to sell or trade some of the land it owns in hopes of getting property where it could build schools in the future.

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Over 200 acres of Lee County school property up for sale

by NBC-2, August 29, 2018

The district announced they are selling nine of their properties that they don't use. In total, the district will sell around 265 acres.

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Lee Schools to sell 9 vacant properties

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by FOX 4, August 29, 2018

The Lee County School District is moving forward with plans, Wednesday, to sell nine properties it owns which have sat vacant for years.

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D'Alessandro: Why school district needs the sales tax to fix, build schools

by the News-Press, August 24, 2018

For the past few weeks, I visited eight Lee County public schools ahead of the sales tax referendum vote. I support the tax but wanted to see the need and what some of the schools looked like inside.

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Two Lee public schools that can benefit from sales tax referendum

by the News-Press, August 24, 2018

As part of my look at the state of Lee County public schools, I visited Franklin Park Elementary, built 60 years ago, and Cypress Lake Middle, built 57 years ago. Both schools have significant infrastructure issues and are scheduled to be rebuilt.

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Florida Lottery isn't a jackpot for public education

by the NBC-2, May 3, 2018

The Florida Lottery made this promise - a win-win, even if you don't actually win - because profits were pledged as extra money for the education budget. However, the NBC2 Investigators uncovered the scratch-off tickets aren't the jackpot you think they are for public education.

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