Whereas: The Community Project Review Committee (CPRC), a citizens group of 50 reviewed the physical status of 26 Beaufort County schools and recommended a comprehensive list of $629 million in facilities needs.
Whereas: The Beaufort County Board of Education prioritized the list presented by the CPRC and have placed two separate questions on The November 5 referendum:
Whereas: The amount of bonds the school district can issue without a referendum is limited to 8% of the value of all taxable property within the district, which is called the “8% debt limit.” The school district does not have enough 8% debt limit available to pay for the projects identified in the referendum.
Whereas: The last bond referendum was passed in 2008.
Whereas: Since that time, the school district’s total enrollment has increased by more than 3,000 students. The school district has issued bonds within its 8% debt limit to address as many capital needs as possible. The amounts available under the 8% debt limit have not been able to meet the ongoing capital needs and to address enrollment growth.
Whereas: The Beaufort County Board of Education has experienced significant turnover since the last referendum, and six of its 11 members are new to the Board. The school district also has a new superintendent selected after a six-month nationwide search and interview process.
Therefore: Be it resolved that the Greater Island Council of Hilton Head and Bluffton supports Referendum 2019 which provides essential funding via general obligation bonds for the Beaufort County School system.
Joan Apple Lemoine Chair Education Committee August 30, 2019
Beaufort County School System web site information about Referendum 2019 https://www.beaufortschools.net/departments/operations/facilities__planning_and_construction/refer endum_2019
Better Schools Now! Groups supporting passing Referendum 2019