What Pinellas is doing with referendum money
If you want to see how the Pinellas school district is spending the half-mill referendum money, check out the latest report from the Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee, or ICROC (it's in the School Board's latest agenda packet, beginning on page 8).
In 2008-09, the district spent $32.5 million generated by the half mill, which voters passed in 2004 and 2008.
The bulk of it, by design, went to teacher salaries, but some of it was used for reading, visual arts, music and technology programs. In the latter area, the district embarked on a new project, buying 275 interactive whiteboards for 82 schools.