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.
• 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.
• 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."
• Nineteen schools were reimbursed for rental fees waived for students on free and reduced lunch.
• Northeast, Boca Ciega and Seminole High purchased new ones.
• 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.
• Offered at 14 schools to help rebuild those cut in the early 1990s.
• 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 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.
• 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.
• Enhanced and maintained those in elementary classrooms
• Middle and high schools received scholastic magazines.
• Trained teachers in newly adopted reading programs.
• Received funds to upgrade and add new selections.
Source: The Independent Citizens Referendum Oversight Committee's annual report to the Pinellas County School Board