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Updated: 12/20/2013 04:10:01PM

District wants a half mill

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PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


(From left) Rep. Seth McKeel, who chaired the Legislative Delegation conference held Monday, Dec. 16, and Polk County Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Dick Mullenax, look over the syllabus the school system presented.


PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


(From left) Rep. Seth McKeel, who chaired the Legislative Delegation conference held Monday, Dec. 16, and Polk County Public Schools Board of Education Chairman Dick Mullenax, look over the syllabus the school system presented.


By STEVE STEINER

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Polk County Public Schools Superintendent Kathryn LeRoy put it bluntly in her opening remarks to the state legislators who represent Polk County in the House and Senate.

“We are experiencing a critical shortage of funding,” said LeRoy. One of the areas funding is urgently needed is maintaining current schools, many that are aged. “In terms of Polk County, we’re unique in that we have a lot of old buildings that are aged beyond their years. We’re at a point with some of the buildings where it would be economically feasible to rebuild as opposed to try to renovate.”

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