Get The Facts: 2018 Bond Referendum

September 30, 2018 | Posted By: Connor Watkins

Get The Facts: 2018 Bond Referendum

November 6 will be a very important day of decisions for Lexington County School District One residents.

Their ballots will include the opportunity to approve or deny the district’s pursuit of a $365 million five-year building plan.

At the Chamber’s breakfast meeting on Tuesday, October 9 at 7:30 a.m. at RADIUS Church, Dr. Greg Little, Chief Operations Officer Jeff Salters and other staff from the district will address the membership and answer questions about the proposed referendum.

Here’s what you need to know before Tuesday’s meeting.

All of the information below was provided by Lexington County School District One. All facts and figures related to the five year building plan can be found here.

How the revised $365 million proposal will be allocated:

New Schools — $210 million

•Additions — $64.5 million

•Renovations and Building Systems — $32 million

•Safety and Security — $16 million

•Furniture and Technology — $42.5 million

What it pays for:

1. Updated Safety and Security Systems at all District Schools and Facilities

2. Three new schools to replace old schools and increase student capacity

— A new elementary school to replace Gilbert Elementary School (opened in 1932)
— A new middle school to replace Lexington Middle School (opened in 1957)
— A new middle school to replace Pelion Middle School (opened in 1952)

3. Two new elementary schools needed to accommodate student growth

— A new elementary school in the River Bluff High School attendance area
— A new elementary school in the White Knoll High School attendance area

4. Renovations, additions and/or other upgrades to 14 elementary schools

— Carolina Springs Elementary School
— Forts Pond Elementary School
— Gilbert Primary School
— Lexington Elementary School
— Lake Murray Elementary School
— Meadow Glen Elementary School
— Midway Elementary School
— New Providence Elementary School
— Oak Grove Elementary School
— Pelion Elementary School
— Pleasant Hill Elementary School
— Red Bank Elementary School
— Saxe Gotha Elementary School
— White Knoll Elementary School

5. Renovations, additions and/or other upgrades to five middle schools

— Carolina Springs Middle School
— Gilbert Middle School
— Meadow Glen Middle School
— Pleasant Hill Middle School
— White Knoll Middle School

6. Renovations, additions and/or other upgrades to five high schools

— Gilbert High School
— Lexington High School
— Pelion High School
— River Bluff High School
— White Knoll High School

7. Renovations, additions and/or other upgrades to two other schools and one building

— District Maintenance Facility
— Lexington Technology Center School
— Rosenwald Community Learning Center

8. A new District Transportation Facility (design, build, equip, furnish, land purchase)

Information technology equipment and miscellaneous furniture to create “Future Ready Classrooms” at all schools and to meet needs at other district facilities. Future Ready Classrooms will be equipped with the most current technology and furnishings that support collaborative learning and enhance communication among students and teachers for the near future.

9. Renovations, additions, equipment, furniture and/or other upgrades to meet needs at other district schools (as needs arise and if funds remain available)

How the proposal would be funded:

•The district’s financial advisor projects that no more than an additional 14 mills would be required to fund the referendum.

•14 mills equals an increase of $56 to homeowners assessed at $100,000 ($4.67 per month).

•14 mills equals an increase of $84 to businesses assessed at $100,000 ($7 per month).

•Millage will be applied over the 5-year plan as bonds are sold and projects started.

Add October's breakfast meeting to your calendar and come prepared with any questions you have about the referendum.