We the Committee for Good Schools are asking for your approval of the education 1-cent sales tax extension on Nov. 7. In the past, more than $300 million has been spent to bring our school facilities into the 21st century, with an economic impact to our county of more than $700 million.
By our approving this extension, the monies for brick-and-mortar type projects will no longer come from the operating budget, thereby allowing more funds for curriculum improvements and better teachers. The sales tax extension will build 223 new classrooms, including a new vocational-technical magnet high school, a new south Augusta middle school, a new John Milledge Elementary School, a new A. Dorothy Hains Elementary Magnet School, Garrett and National Hills school project, a new Hepzhibah High School football stadium/athletic complex, new gymnasiums at Butler and Laney high schools and a new fieldhouse at T.W. Josey High School.
The entire $229 million budget also will fund expansion of Freedom Park School on the base at Fort Gordon to accommodate grades 6-8, and new classrooms at the Academy of Richmond County for the International Baccalaureate Magnet Program. It will air-condition all school buses, put panic buttons in all classrooms and buy text books and software for the system and all schools. This is just to name some of the projects.
The facilities of the Richmond County Board of Education are being improved so that our children will have a wonderful learning environment.
We urge you to continue to support this project by voting "Yes" for our children!
Bert T. Thomas and Bill Lee
Co-chairmen, Committee for Good Schools