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Two ESPLOST projects announced

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The Savannah-Chatham School District is in the early phases of its second education local-option sales tax, a 1 percent sales tax that pays for education projects. But taxpayers are already concerned about how their money will be spent.

On Wednesday, the board held their monthly Capital Improvement meeting, keeping the public updated on the progress of ESPLOST projects. Vendors and contractors had the opportunity to address the board, many asking them to choose local contractors to build these projects.

The district has nine major projects scheduled to be paid for by the ESPLOST. Three that have already been contracted; two of which were announced Wednesday afternoon.

The board awarded construction contracts to CPPI of Georgia to build the Isle of Hope replacement school and JE Dunn operating as Rives E. Worrell Co. that will build Hess K-8 replacement school. Both have local offices in Savannah.

"I'm really excited about it," said Walter Murphy, of Rives E. Worrell Co. "What's really special for us is my grandfather built the original school back in 1965, so here we are 49 years later, and I get to be a part of the team that's going to build the new school."

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