Thursday, September 20, 2018

Eakins schedules town hall meetings to discuss school needs

NOTE: This post has been updated to include appearances at Plant City High School, Wharton High School, and Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church. 

Hillsborough Schools Superintendent Jeff Eakins has planned a series of town hall meetings to discuss capital needs in the district's 230 schools.

Starting seven weeks before voters are asked if they'll approve a half-cent sales surtax, the early evening gatherings will give residents a chance to learn about the district's finances, and why it has fallen behind on air conditioning maintenance and other expenditures.

The tax, if approved, would raise an estimated $131 million a year and could be used only for capital purchases.

District employees cannot campaign for the tax – at least not on district time. But they can disseminate information.

A political committee formed this week and is preparing to collect campaign donations.

Here is the schedule of Eakins' appearances:

Sept. 18, 6 p.m.: South Tampa Fellowship, Ballast Point Campus, 5101 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa.

Sept. 19, 7 p.m.: Schwarzkopf Elementary School, 18333 Calusa Trace Blvd., Lutz.

*Sept. 24, 6 pm: Plant City High School, 1 Raider Place, Plant City.

Sept. 26, 7 p.m.: Grady Elementary School, 3910 W Morrison Ave., Tampa.

*Oct. 1, 7 p.m.: Wharton High School, 20150 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, Tampa.

Oct. 3, 7 p.m.: Westchase Recreation Center,9791 Westchase Drive, Tampa.

Oct. 4, 7 p.m.: Pizzo Elementary School, 11701 USF Bull Run Drive, Tampa.

Oct. 9, 7 p.m.: Jackson Springs Recreation Center, 8620 Jackson Springs Road, Tampa.

*Oct. 11, 7 p.m.: Lake Magdalene United Methodist Church, 2902 Fletcher Ave., Tampa

Oct. 15, 7 p.m.: Middleton High School,  4801 N 22nd St., Tampa.

Oct. 23, 7 p.m.: The Chapel at FishHawk, 6026 Churchside Drive, Lithia.

*Newly added to the schedule

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