Education

Renovations to begin at Rock Hill schools

Students at Northwestern High School walk past a small decorative fence that will be replaced with a taller fence and gate that can be locked.
Students at Northwestern High School walk past a small decorative fence that will be replaced with a taller fence and gate that can be locked. aburriss@heraldonline.com

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.

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

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