After many conversations between representatives from the Destin Chamber of Commerce and the Okaloosa County School District, a plan that will lead to a Destin High School is being finalized.
For this to become a reality, a half‑cent sales tax benefiting the school district must be passed. Not only will it create a Destin High School, it will allow for much needed improvements for Destin Elementary School, Destin Middle School and all other schools in Okaloosa County.
In executive session during a specially called Board of Directors meeting, the Chamber Board voted unanimously to support a referendum by mail ballot for a half‑cent sales tax to support infrastructure improvements for all Okaloosa County schools, including the creation of a high school in Destin.
“This is the perfect example of two community organizations understanding their roles, having positive communications, and finding a solution together that benefits Okaloosa County and Destin,” said Destin Chamber President and CEO Shane Moody. “The creation of a Destin High School is a positive for the business community, for the quality of place, and for the quality of life of our residents.”
If the referendum is approved by the Okaloosa County School Board, ballots will be mailed to Okaloosa County residents in spring 2018. School infrastructure improvements could begin by 2019.
For more information, call 850-837‑6241.
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