Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed Jean Clements' comment to a PTA official. The PTA has not yet taken a position on the sales tax proposal.
TAMPA — In a tough budget year when the school district is anticipating even more cutbacks, Hillsborough County School Board members advocated that parents should leap into action to try and stem the bleeding at Tuesday's meeting.
The Florida Parent Teacher Association is holding a rally in Tallahassee on March 18 at the steps of the state Capitol. Hillsborough County PTA officials are organizing a bus trip for anyone interested in participating.
Jean Clements, president of the Hillsborough County Classroom Teachers Association, said that as a visual aid for the Legislature, the CTA is collecting one penny for each of the more than 191,000 students in the school district to generate interest in the Florida Education Association's proposed temporary 1-cent raise in sales tax to benefit schools.
School board members April Griffin and Jennifer Faliero plan to go to the rally and encouraged parents to get involved.
"All they hear when they listen to educators is Charlie Brown's teacher," Griffin said. "But when they hear from parents it's a whole different story."
Those interested in the trip should contact Curtis Moreau at (813) 546-5373.
The School Board also appointed new principals Tuesday for three schools:
• Bailey Elementary: Amy Zilbar, currently principal at Buckhorn Elementary
• Stowers Elementary: Catherine Lennard-Shields, currently principal at Mintz Middle
• Barrington Middle: Maribeth Franklin, currently principal at Bartels Middle.