BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - The Beaufort County school board voted to determine what specific projects will come from the money raised by a one percent sales tax that voters can approve on the November ballot.
The money will go towards two projects: preserving and maintaining existing buildings and creating room with new schools for students that they predict to be in the county in the future. This includes roof replacements and fixing heating and air units. They expect thousands of new students they need to make room for over the next few years.
"Well unless you want to have schools and classrooms with 40 to 50 students in them, when you have increasing numbers of students, you have to create new classrooms. We don't expect this growth to stop all of our projections. Our families are going to continue to move into the area at a rapid pace particularly in Bluffton and Hilton head," said Beaufort County School District's Director of Communications Jim Foster.
The school district will host several public forums for voters and parents from around the county to learn about all of the issues and decide for themselves if this is something they want to vote on before the vote in November.