Education

Rock Hill school bond referendum at a glance

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether the Rock Hill school district can borrow $110 million to pay for repairs, computers, buses, expansions and other items. Here is information about the Tuesday voting.

▪ There are 46 polling locations within school district. Voters should cast ballots at their assigned precinct.

▪  Polls are open 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

▪  The deadlines has already passed to register to vote in the May 5 referendum

▪  Voters can vote absentee at the Registration and Elections office at 13 S. Congress St. in York on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

▪  Voters will need a photo identification to cast a ballot. Acceptable forms include a South Carolina driver’s license, an ID card issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles, a South Carolina voter registration card with a photo, a federal military ID or a U.S. passport.

▪  Voters can get a free photo-identification card on Monday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at the registration office at 13 S. Congress St. in York.

▪  Any voters age 65 or older, or who have a physical condition limiting mobility, can participate in curbside voting. Designated parking spaces will be in front of each precinct.

For more information on any voting topics, including registration and precinct checks, go to yorkcountygov.com/RegistrationandElections.

THE QUESTION

Shall the Board of Trustees of the Rock Hill School District 3 of York County, South Carolina (the “School District”), be empowered to issue, at one time or from time to time, general obligation bonds of the School District, in a principal amount of not exceeding $110,000,000, the proceeds of which shall be used to construct, improve, equip, renovate and repair school buildings, or other school facilities within the School District or the acquisition of land whereon to construction or establish such school facilities are follows:

1. Safety and Energy Efficiency

Upgrades to the district-wide campus security including video surveillance, access control and fire alarm systems; security fencing at strategic campus locations; public address, intercom, emergency radio and other communications upgrades; environmental restorations to sewer and stormwater systems, and energy efficiency retrofits to reduce annual costs.

2. Building Renovations

Renovations to the buildings at elementary schools, including the replacement of undersized cafeterias and conversion of existing space; renovations to buildings at secondary schools; renovations and enhancement to athletic facilities; upgrade of selected elementary media centers; and modernization in support of school choice programs.

3. Repair and Replacements

Repair or replacement of critical building components including roofs, exterior walls, plumbing, and HVAC systems and upgrades to buildings automation systems, furnishings and other equipment.

4. Buses and Grounds

Replacement of activity buses and service vehicles to reduce fleet age and mileage; and repairs and upgrades at selected sites for enhanced access and safety including parking lots, driveways, sidewalks, playgrounds and athletic fields.

5. New Construction

Purchase of land and construction of a new elementary school and/or classroom additions to selected schools or construction of other facilities based on capacity analysis and identified space needs.

6. Technology Upgrades

Complete implementation of 1:1 mobile computing for all high school grades and remaining elementary grades.

While the question lists six different areas of action, the vote is on the total package, not one section at a time.

No tax increase is proposed by the school board. The bonds will be sold as existing debt is paid for.

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