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Beyond $102 million
Funds were mandated for construction only; a look ahead to Phase II
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The current economic downturn brought low construction costs, allowing the Kershaw County School District (KCSD) to move forward with an ambitious $102 million Installment Purchase Plan (IPP)-funded facilities equalization plan. But it also brought a wave of criticism from county residents who grew increasingly frustrated with seeing new school construction at the same time the district laid off teachers, slashed National Board Certification (NBC) stipends and enacted districtwide furloughs. What many people didn’t realize, KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said, was that the school district would never have been able to use the IPP funds to save teacher jobs.