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How referendum dollars were spent in Pinellas schools in 2008-09

Here are some examples of how referendum dollars were allocated in 2008-09:

All art teachers

• Received $300 to buy books for art classroom libraries.

• Received the following discretionary funds:

• Elementary — $2.25 per student based on the total elementary school population.

• Middle — $3.25 per student enrolled in art courses at the school.

• High — $5.25 per student enrolled in art courses at the school.

Equipment

• Forty-nine schools received art equipment and/or furniture.

• Three high schools received a new 33-station computer lab for visual arts: Bayside, Northeast, Gibbs.

• Two high schools got new computers: Seminole and East Lake.

• Three middle schools received a 33-station computer lab for visual arts: Meadowlawn, Kennedy (now Clearwater Fundamental), Carwise.

Museums

• Forty schools had 68 field trips to local art museums and galleries funded.

• Twenty-two elementaries received a visit from the Salvador Dalí Museum's new art mobile, "It's Dalí Time."

Instrumental programs

• Nineteen schools were reimbursed for rental fees waived for students on free and reduced lunch.

Band Uniforms

• Northeast, Boca Ciega and Seminole High purchased new ones.

Auditorium upgrades

• Improvements at Dunedin, Lakewood, Largo and Tarpon high schools included an overhaul of the sound system: a new sound board, wireless microphones, speakers, CD player and a stage communication system.

String Programs

• Offered at 14 schools to help rebuild those cut in the early 1990s.

Guitar

• Programs added at Morgan Fitzgerald Middle, Osceola Middle and Osceola High

• Guitars purchased to start a program at Seminole High this school year.

World Drumming

• World drumming curriculum, emphasizing team building and personal responsibility, was offered at Tyrone Middle.

Wireless mobile labs

• Students are creating multimedia projects and accessing the Internet for research.

Osceola Middle School 1-to-1 laptop project

• All students in grades 6-8 were assigned a laptop to carry throughout the school day.

Virtual school

• Provided students in grades 6-8 with curriculum accessible from home for full-time virtual instruction.

Podcasting mobile labs

• Each middle and high school gets a five-station mobile podcasting lab that includes five MacBook laptops and five iTouch iPods.

LIBRARIES

• Enhanced and maintained those in elementary classrooms

MATERIALS.

• Middle and high schools received scholastic magazines.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

• Trained teachers in newly adopted reading programs.

MEDIA CENTERS

• Received funds to upgrade and add new selections.

Source: The Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee's annual report to the Pinellas County School Board

How referendum dollars were spent in Pinellas schools in 2008-09 01/02/10 [Last modified: Saturday, January 2, 2010 3:30am]
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