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Half cent sales tax paying for school improvements in Escambia County

ESCAMBIA COUNTY   --  The Escambia County School District has spent the past couple of years improving many of its schools, and building new ones where it can.
The half cent sales tax has helped make all of these renovations possible.
Within the last 5-years, the Escambia County School District has dished out thousands of dollars to make improvements to its schools.
A new fence goes around Washington High School is just one of the projects completed.   
The half cent sales tax that passed in 2008, has helped improve overall safety at several schools in Escambia County.
Some of the changes.
Better fencing, more lighting in parking lots, security doors, and surveillance cameras.
These kinds of upgrade make locals happy, this day and age.

Susan Kaeaser - Pensacola
"I think anyway they can keep the kids safer and out of trouble is definitely a good thing, and worth half a penny on our sales tax absolutely."

The district is using around 50-million dollars in sales tax money to pay for the improvements.

Many of the projects cost no more than 100,000 per school.
Carolyn McCall has two kids within the school system.
She says it makes her feel good to know her, hard-earned tax payer dollars, are going to those who need it most.

Carolyn McCall - Parent
"It's for education and that's something we need within the community because without education there's no growth in the community it's just a good thing"
While many of the renovation projects are nearly complete, others will happen over the summer.
Like the new locker rooms slated for Tate, Escambia and West Florida High Schools.

Susan Kaeaser - Pensacola
"They've done so many things to help the kids here in Pensacola, supposedly the lottery was supposed to help the school system, it's just nice to see something that's suppose to help the school system, actually help the school system"

Once students are out for their summer break, 22 construction projects are expected to begin.