CLOVER — Voters in the Clover school district said yes Saturday to spending $58.5 million on two new schools and other districtwide renovations.
Unofficial results show the proposal passed with about 67 percent of votes in a referendum that saw strong turnout, elections officials said.
Most of the money will be used to pay for a new elementary school on 47 acres off U.S. 321 south of Clover and a middle school on 35 acres at Oakridge Road at the intersection with S.C. 557.
Initially, the elementary school will house about 600 students with a maximum capacity of 725. The school also will include a interactive boards, a multipurpose room with a stage and new play equipment. Cost will be about $18 million.
The middle school will initially house 900 students with a maximum capacity of 1,050 students. The middle school will cost about $28 million.
District leaders say the new schools are needed because of growth in the district. The schools are expected to open during the fall of 2009. The cost to the owner of a $100,000 home will be about an additional $75 annually.
Leaders also plan to use part of the $58.5 million to tackle districtwide renovations and technology enhancements. Included are 300 new computers, about 350 interactive boards, a new library and districtwide roof repairs.
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