There's a local grass roots organization trying to drum up community support for Gulfport's new high school. Excellence in Education has been encouraging residents to vote yes on a tax increase to fund the new school. The organization is made up of parents, residents, and Gulfport school employees. The proposed new high school is expected to cost about $41 million. Gulfport residents will vote on a bond issue that would raise property taxes that would fund the project. That vote is set to take place on May 27th. If it passes, property taxes will increase $39 a year for every $100,000 worth of property for 20 years.
Bryan Caldwell of Excellence in Education says, “Well I’m reminded of the old saying that a rising tide lifts all boats. A new Gulfport High School, a strong Gulfport School District benefits this entire community and I don’t know that I look at this as much as a tax increase as I do an investment in the future of our kids.”