The Rock Hill School Board passed resolutions Monday to issue up to $115 million in bonds – the next step in plans to improve the district’s schools.
The board adopted two resolutions: one to issue the $110 million in bonds that voters approved in the May 5 referendum, the other to authorize borrowing another $5 million that did not require voter approval.
The board has the authority to borrow another $17 million without voter approval.
The $5 million will be used to buy iPads and laptops for students, although the number of devices has not yet been determined.
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The purchase will allow the district to continue with its 1-to-1 computer initiative, called iRock.
Both sets of bonds will be issued without increasing school taxes for capital projects.
While it will be about a year before the school district starts spending funds from the $110 million endorsed by voters, several projects will be started this summer.
Anthony Cox, associate superintendent for administrative services, said work scheduled to be undertaken this summer includes:
▪ Adding video surveillance and intercom upgrades at several schools.
▪ Installing new security fencing at Northwestern High School, the Applied Technology Center, and India Hook and Ebenezer elementary schools.
▪ Upgrading the media centers at Richmond Drive and Rosewood elementary schools.
▪ Replacing windows at Sullivan Middle School.
▪ Replacing lights at the gyms at Northwestern and Rock Hill high schools.
▪ Removing asbestos and replacing tiles at several schools.
▪ Installing digital signs at Oakdale and Old Pointe elementary schools.
▪ Converting a room at Ebinport Elementary School into additional classroom space.
▪ Repairing roofs at Ebinport and Oakdale elementary schools.
Don Worthington • 803-329-4066