“It was ambitious,” said St. Johns County Schools superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner. “Unfortunately, on the K-8 bid, we only got one bidder. So that wasn’t fiscally responsible for the board to accept one bid. So that will go out for re-bid.”
“We will continue to be more crowded than we would like. We may have to have a few more portable classrooms for a year,” said Joyner.
St. Johns County father Crispin Zinsmeister said he thinks keeping class sizes down is crucial to his children’s education.
“I think that kids getting individual attention is very important to the education process, so the more schools, the better,” said Zinsmeister.
The sales tax increase is also paying for new safety and security improvements, including 250 800-megahertz radios for all the county’s school buses. The radios will allow drivers to communicate directly with law enforcement in an emergency.