Macon-Bibb voters say yes to continuing education penny tax
“I think every precinct voted in support,” Bibb Schools Superintendent Dr. Curtis Jones said Tuesday night at a downtown gathering.
75% of voters voted in favor of the education SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), which figures to take in about $185 million over the next five years.
“I think it’s a victory for our students,” Jones said. “I’m very proud for what we’ve accomplished.”
The money will go toward several projects, including the consolidation of Appling Middle and Northeast High Schools. It will also pay for new technology across the district.
“I think the technology upgrade is going to be very beneficial to our students and our staff, beginning with security,” Jones said. “Now, not only will we have security-controlled access in the front part of the school, but now for all of the entrance parts of the school as well.”
Upgrades won’t be limited to the school’s entrances.
“It’s 2015,” Jones said. “It’s time we have 21st century classrooms. The technology is going to allow every student to hear as if they’re sitting in the front row. It’s going to allow us to have cameras in the classrooms, so students and parents will have better access and see what’s happening in the classrooms as well, and teachers will be able to now improve their instruction for our students.”
Other planned projects include building a new elementary school, new auditoriums for Rutland and Westside High Schools and a campus police and transportation facility.
A full list of planned projects is below:
- New facility for Northeast High and Appling Middle
- Technology Improvements
- Playground Equipment for Elementary Schools
- Security Improvements
- Gym Air Conditioning
- High School Auditoriums
- School Renovations
- Transportation/Campus Police Departments
- Facility/Athletic Improvements
- Surplus Property
- Blight Land/Property Acquisition
- Charter School Projects
The Bibb County Board of Education will appoint a citizens’ E-SPLOST Oversight Committee to assess and verify the projects.