Half Cent Sales Tax

We would like to thank the citizens of Highlands County, the committee members and volunteers for their commitment to improve our schools and our community. Your efforts assured a 'Yes' vote for the half cent sales tax referendum. A definite win for all stakeholders.

With our sincere gratitude,

School Board of Highlands County

Vendor and Volunteer Information

Community Links

  • Community Services Resource Guide
  • Directory of Community Services (PDF List)
  • Emergency Management
  • Florida Learning Alliance
  • Heartland Educational Consortium
  • Highlands County Commissioners
  • Highlands County Sheriff's Department


A mentor is a caring, compassionate adult who chooses to devote their time to a young person, offering them support, guidance, and encouragement. Mentors serve as positive role models, invest themselves in their students and uplift them. If you can donate half hour per week during lunch, you can change a life by helping a child build a solid foundation of values, establish goals, improve their academic and life skills, while developing their self-esteem and confidence.


One of the key and proven success factors in a young person’s life is a having a mentor. Can you remember adults who paid attention to you; who believed in you; and who guided you during your childhood? These individuals served as mentors. Wouldn’t you like to have someone think of you as their life-changing, trusted mentor? More and more people want to have a lasting, profound impact in their community and this is a wonderful way to do so.


Simply complete the Mentor on-line application or request a paper copy by contacting Mandy Baxley in Human Resources at 471-5791. Upon completion of your background clearance you will be invited to an orientation session where you will receive a manual that contains tools for addressing the general needs of your student: improving grades, preparing for college, career planning, and developing life skills. Shortly after, you will begin your journey in making a difference in a student’s life.