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E-SPLOST IV Projects At-A-Glance

Safety & Security Technology & Equipment

Upgrades to the following: software, security cameras, security lighting, security fencing, fire suppression, security walls and glass, intercom systems and bells, coded facility entry systems, clocks, emergency radios

 

Instructional Technology & Resources

Textbooks and digital learning resources, software, cloud-based applications; technology hardware and devices

 

Buildings & Land

Physical education and athletic facility improvements, renovations and additions, land improvements, new roofing, plumbing, electrical, lighting, wiring, fiber, painting, water piping, HVAC construction, renovations necessary to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, energy management systems, repaving, railings, purchase of land for current or future use, site work.

 

Equipment & Vehicles

Playground equipment and costs associated with its relocation and refurbishment, buses and other vehicles, equipment, furniture and furnishings, copiers, and other office equipment

 

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Projects Funded by E-SPLOST I, II, & III

Registered voters in Bulloch County can cast their vote in a special election on Nov. 7, to decide if a one-percent sales and use tax for educational purposes should be continued for five additional years. The Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) would raise approximately $52 million for capital improvement projects for each of the district’s 15 public schools and alternative learning center.  The current one-penny tax ends on Dec. 31, 2018. To vote in the election, citizens must be registered to vote by Oct. 10, and early and absentee voting begins Oct. 16

 

The current sales and use tax, E-SPLOST III, ends December 31, 2018. The Board of Education (BOE) wants to extend the E-SPLOST for five additional years (2019-2023) to fund specific capital improvement projects. If passed by voters, the fourth E-SPLOST would be for a term of five years beginning January 1, 2019 and ending December 31, 2023.  The referendum would also authorize the BOE to sell bonds up to a maximum of $40 million in order to pursue immediate action on identified projects instead of waiting for E-SPLOST IV and its revenue to begin.

 

Since 2003 the BOE has leveraged Bulloch County’s growth as a regional retail sales and tourism hub to fund capital improvement needs for local public schools. This is done by requesting that an E-SPLOST referendum be placed on an election ballot for voters. This practice reduces the need or extent of property taxes or future millage rate increases. E-SPLOSTs also causes the tax burden to be shared more fairly among property and non-property owners.

 

Voters in 2003 were the first to affirm a referendum to establish a one-penny E-SPLOST. In 2005 and 2009, voters agreed to extend the tax to continue the investment in public school infrastructure. Each of the three previous E-SPLOSTs were affirmed by Bulloch County voters by more than 90 percent.

 

The three previous E-SPLOSTs generated approximately $148 million. This allowed the BOE to successfully complete these and other projects: build six new schools; renovate and expand seven additional schools; build three high school athletic complexes; partner with the Statesboro Bulloch County Parks & recreation facility to build the Mill Creek Regional Park Tennis Center  and upgrade the softball and baseball facilities for school and SBCP&RD use; meet the demands of a digital age by providing faculty and students with instructional technology, wireless Internet infrastructure, increased Internet bandwidth and fiber connections; improved the district’s telecommunications system and information systems support; and add additional buses to the school system’s fleet for the daily transport of more than 5,400 children.

 

Bulloch County continues to grow and so does its school system. Since the first E-SPLOST in 2003, enrollment has grown by more than 2,000 new children; however, based on state evaluations of the school system's current student population, the district is not eligible to build any new schools. E-SPLOST IV would instead be used to fund other significant capital improvement projects. These include renovations and improvements to school facilities; new safety, security and instructional technology; additional buses; improved learning spaces furniture; new playground equipment; and new middle school athletic facilities and renovations or expansions to existing facilities. 

 

These potential projects were identified with input from principals, faculty leaders, school councils and two community advisory committees – E-SPLOST and Facilities. They were then prioritized for action by nearly 60 parents, community, and faculty members, who collaborated on these two committees. The projects, in addition to needs identified by the school system's Three-Year Technology Plan and the Academic Support Department, are how the estimated $52 million in E-SPLOST IV revenues would be invested if passed. For more specific details on these projects and the schools identified with them, see the links on this page. 

Key E-SPLOST Dates

Oct. 10, 2017 - Last day to register to vote in special election

Oct. 16, 2017 - Early & absentee voting begins

Nov. 7, 2017 -  Election to continue the Sales and Use Tax for Educational Purposes (E-SPLOST Referendum)

Key E-SPLOST Contacts

E-SPLOST Committee

Cheri Wagner, Chairwoman
1209 Plantation Circle
Statesboro, GA 30458
clwag68@yahoo.com

 

Facilities & Capital Projects

Paul Webb

Chief Operations Officer
ptwebb@bullochschools.org
912.212.8640

 

Referendum, Budgets, Bonds & Audits

Troy Brown

Chief Financial Officer
tbrown@bullochschools.org
912.212.8541

 

Technology Planning 

Craig Liggett
Chief Information Officer
cliggett@bullochschools.org
912.212.8660

 

Curriculum & Learning Spaces

Dr. Virginia Bennett, Executive Director
Academic Support Grades K-12
vbennett@bullochschools.org
912-212-8550

 

Media Contact

Hayley Greene
Public Relations / Marketing Specialist
hgreene@bullochschools.org
912.212.8512
Cell (on call #): 912.536.2827