Tuesday, May 05, 2015

TOP STORY >> PCSSD asking voters for tax

A 5.6-mill increase goes before voters in the Pulaski County Special School District on Tuesday.

Early voting started yesterday.

Patrons of the new Jacksonville-North Pulaski School District still under the PCSSD umbrella will not vote on or pay the millage hike if it passes.

The increase would fund $61 million in improvements to Sherwood schools, with $51 million of that going toward the expansion and updating of Sylvan Hills High School.

A total of $221 million in district-wide facility projects are planned.

The increase would equate to about $10 a month for the owner of a $100,000 home.

Early voting is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the Jack Evans Seniors Citizens Center, 2301 Thornhill Drive in Sherwood.

Supporters say the increase will also pave the way for Sherwood to have its own district because PCSSD must be released from federal court oversight and declared unitary — desegregated — before Sherwood can detach.

Facilities is one area in which PCSSD is not yet unitary.