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LRHS Principal Dustin Dahlquist appreciates all those helping the school.

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – LRHS Principal Dustin Dahlquist is thanking the community for their support in Tuesday’s tax referendum.

Manatee County voters agreed to renew the school district’s one-mill referendum property tax on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The referendum passed 70% to 30%.   Over 66,000 registered voters cast a ballot.

Dahlquist said, “The margin of support in favor of the Referendum demonstrates that our school communities recognize the value of our schools to our students.”

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If this referendum had not passed all employees of the school district would have seen a cut in their salaries, and teachers’ pay would have been reduced by around $5,000.

This measure narrowly passed in 2018.  

Manatee County Schools superintendent Cynthia Saunders credited all the teachers and principals in the school district with their hard work.

“Your dedication and devotion to keeping our schools open and our students learning during the last two years of a global pandemic most certainly was a factor in today’s outcome,” she said.