Voter referendum could lead to new Destin High School

Photo courtesy: Shane Moody on Twitter

Channel 3 has confirmed that plans are in place to build a Destin High School.

Superintended Mary Beth Jackson announced that the Okaloosa County School District will put a half-cent sales tax to a voter referendum in May of 2018 at the Destin Chamber of Commerce this morning.

Okaloosa County Schools Public Information Officer Henry Kelley told us that if passed, the voter referendum will benefit all Okaloosa County schools, including the charter schools.

Kelley also said they would build a wing for grades 6-12.

The plan from there would be for fifth graders to be moved back to elementary school. Kelley said the school district can levy up to two-cent sales tax on their own through a voter referendum. If it does pass, the first half cent goes to schools and the rest is to be shared with the county and the municipalities.

“For this to become a reality, a half-cent sales tax benefiting the school district must be passed," the Destin Chamber noted. "Not only will it create a Destin High School, but it will allow for much-needed improvements for Destin Elementary School, Destin Middle School, and all other schools in Okaloosa County."

If the referendum is approved by the Okaloosa Board of County Commissioners, ballots will reportedly be mailed to Okaloosa County residents in the spring of 2018.

School infrastructure improvements could begin by 2019.

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