Earl Lennard, former Hillsborough superintendent, joins sales tax oversight committee

The committee will supervise the spending of $1.3 billion over 10 years if a sales tax initiative passes on Nov. 6.
Published Oct. 3, 2018|Updated Oct. 3, 2018

Earl Lennard, who was Superintendent of the Hillsborough County Public Schools for almost a decade before serving as Supervisor of Elections, has agreed to join a committee that will oversee spending if a schools tax referendum prevails on Nov. 6.


Lennard, now retired, joins former Florida education commissioner Betty Castor, Sheriff Chad Chronister and these other members who were announced Wednesday: Bonnie Carr, chief financial officer of Hillsborough Community College; Ed Narain, a former state representative; and Jose Valiente, a certified public accountant who is past commerce chairman for the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The school district will appoint a seventh member.


Voters are being asked to accept a half-percent sales tax increase for 10 years to pay for capital improvements to the schools.
A school-by-school list of projects is here. It includes 203 air conditioning replacements or overhauls, 63 aging roof replacements, $25 million for classroom technology, $23 million in safety and security improvements, and funding for four new schools in growing communities.
The referendum question is on the fourth page of the ballot. The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 9.