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Sales tax could help build three schools in Escambia Co.

Three new schools could be built in Escambia County if voters agree to extend the half-cent sales tax come November.

The Escambia County school district is starting early trying to bring awareness to the importance of the vote.

The school district says they want to build 3 new schools.
Two will be elementary schools which will cost about 24 million each and a middle school which will cost 50 million.

But they want voters to understand this tax that they are voting on in November is not a new one.

"We're not asking for more, we are asking for the same amount that tax payers have trusted the school district with for almost two decades."

Superintendent Malcolm Thomas says the plan is to build the newer schools in an area of the county which he refers to as the growth corridors.

"9 mile road, north where all that building is starting to take place and the west side of the county."

And with those three schools being built in that area will come a lot of shifting of students.

Despite just being in the early planning stages several school board members say they are on board with how the tax money will be spent.

Linda Moultrie: "It's very important that we get the extension of this tax to alleviate over crowdedness and make the school environments safe and comfortable for our students."

Here's an important note too... In the last 4 years the Escambia county school district has received $0 from the state to use toward new construction.
The election to vote on this tax will be held on November 4th.

The proposed changes would alleviate overcrowding at Ransom Middle School.

West Florida High School would move to the Woodham Middle School campus.

Brown Barge would move to West Florida's portion of the George Stone campus, allowing George Stone to expand.