Beshears: ‘As good a chance as there has ever been’ for port

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 09:45 AM.

State Rep. Halsey Beshears (R-Monticello) drew a straight line last week between economic development and the school district’s bottom line.

Beshears provided a legislative update to the Gulf County School Board, offering insight into legislation pertaining to Florida schools.

While much education work during the recent session of the Florida Legislature pertained to issues not pertinent yet to Gulf County, particularly charter schools, nonetheless there is impact every year in the form of the state budget.

And how funding in that state budget impacts local schools.

As example, legislators increased funding per district this year but nearly all the increase comes in the form of dollars for technology, another way, Superintendent Jim Norton said, the state removes spending decisions from the control of local officials.

Norton said the state’s unwillingness to allow district flexibility on all of its statutorily-allowed millage constrains local decisions.

Each of the four components of the district’s budget is determined, both in amount and use, in Tallahassee.

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