Bibb school district trying to renew ESPLOST tax
The list of projects includes:
- Consolidation of Appling Middle and Northeast High to a shared campus, including the construction of an auditorium on the shared campus
- New elementary school
- Renovations to existing facilities, including improvements to energy efficiency, playgrounds, and handicap-accessibility
- Construction of auditoriums at Rutland and Westside High Schools
- Purchase of school buses, vehicles, and transportation equipment
- Safety and security improvements throughout the district, including controlled access entrances
- A campus police facility
- Athletic improvements
- Site acquisition
- Capital outlay projects for charter schools
Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said some projects could be removed from the list if there’s no need for them. He explained the district estimates how many students will be in the system in the upcoming years when deciding on SPLOST projects. However, if the numbers don’t meet the projections in the future, the school board may decide to remove some projects from the list.
“The elementary school is a great example. We may not buy property if we don’t find something that makes sense, but I do think the community should be very comfortable that if we say we’re going to renovate a building, we’re going to renovate the building. If we say we’re going to buy technology, we’re going to buy the technology,” explained Dr. Jones.
If the new ESPLOST passes on November 3rd, the district will create an advisory board that will monitor the penny sales tax projects.