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Clover voters approve $58.5 million for schools

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.

For more on this story, see Sunday’s Herald.