Richmond County schools could seek 2011 SPLOST

The Richmond County School System appears to be on target to seek a new Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax in 2011.

Jeff Baker of Hanscomb/GMK, a firm that is assisting with the district's building program, told the school board during a retreat last weekend that his firm and district officials have begun assessing all 60 facilities' physical condition.

School board attorney Pete Fletcher said if the SPLOST were passed in 2011, collection of the 1-cent sales tax would begin in July 2012. The district would likely issue bonds before the collection date to get a head start on paying for construction projects.

The school system is approaching the end of a flurry of projects funded by the SPLOST that expires in June 2011.

Those include the recently completed "IB Wing" and a new gymnasium at Academy of Richmond County, where the school board will conduct walk-through at 10 a.m. today, the replacement of Garrett Elementary, which is expected to be complete during this school year, and the new Vocational Magnet School, on which the school board awarded a $20.6 million bid Tuesday evening and which is scheduled to be completed by July 2012.



Savannah River Site resumes normal activity

A suspicious item was discovered Wednesday afternoon at the Savannah River National Laboratory which prompted emergency responseactivities.

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