Gainesville and Hall County school systems are asking voters for a sixth round of the education special purpose local option sales tax to fund school renovation and building projects.
On Monday, Nov. 18, both school boards voted to put E-SPLOST VI and a quarter-billion-dollar bond sale for capital funding to voters in 2020.
For Hall voters, the March 24 ballot will ask first whether to extend E-SPLOST for up to five years beginning in October 2022 and second for the ability to issue up to $258 million in bonds. Gainesville and Buford voters will see a different bond amount based on their enrollment numbers.
The bonds will allow the systems to begin work on the capital projects, and the systems will pay back the bonds with revenues from the sales tax.
The Buford City School Board will vote on the resolution during its Monday, Dec. 9, meeting.
On Monday, Gainesville released its five-year facilities plan that would be funded with the tax and bond money. Hall County earlier released a 10-year facilities plan.
These are the projects each district is considering.
Total: $83 million to be spent on five-year facility plan
$32M: Build new middle school in the area of Gainesville Exploration and Mundy Mill academies
$51M: Redesign Gainesville High School campus
New advanced studies and workforce development building
New cafeteria and media center
New instructional building
New student activities center for athletics, band and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.
If the vote passes in March, Superintendent Jeremy Williams predicts both projects will be completed by January 2024.
$8M: New gymnasiums at Centennial Arts, Gainesville Exploration and New Holland Knowledge academies
$3M: Renovate City Park stadium and Walt Snelling press box
$1M: Revamp Ivey-Watson Field at Lanier Point Park
$.5M: Remodel transportation facility and the Ninth Grade Center
Total: $258 million to be spent on a 10-year facility plan
$109M: Build four new elementary schools to replace seven existing schools: McEver Arts Academy, Myers Elementary, Oakwood Elementary, Riverbend Elementary, White Sulphur Elementary, Tadmore Elementary and World Language Academy Primary
$44M: Build a new middle school in South Hall
$25M: Renovate existing middle and high school bathrooms, classrooms and core spaces
$12M: Extra-curricular activity area improvements
$9M each: New performing arts centers for Johnson and West Hall high schools
$4M: Center to support agri-business programs
$10M: District maintenance and transportation facilities