The Kershaw County Board of School Trustees submitted necessary paperwork to the Kershaw County Board of Elections in August to seek voters’ approval on the November ballot to build five new school facilities and renovate five others. Total cost for construction is approximately $130 million.
School board members and district staff have discussed the possible improvements for more than two years as part of Phase 2 of the Kershaw County School District’s (KCSD) facilities equalization program. Almost 50 public meetings with community members have been held to discuss facilities needs and receive input.
According to KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan, the November ballot will have two questions. One question will ask voters for permission to issue bonds while the other one requests approval of a 1-cent sales tax for 15 years.
“Both questions are necessary in order to proceed with the proposed plans,” Morgan said. “The first one asks voters to issue the bonds needed for the projects and the other question seeks approval for how to repay the debt.”
Morgan noted that proceeds from the 1-cent sales tax will fully fund the proposed projects without an increase in property taxes.
The proposed projects are:
• Construction of a joint economic development and educational facility in conjunction with Central Carolina Technical College and Kershaw County on the current CCTC site at I-20 Exit 98 to replace the district’s Applied Technology Education Campus (ATEC).
• Construction of a new Camden Elementary School on Laurens Street (former Camden Middle School site).
• Construction of a new Lugoff Elementary School on the current site.
• Construction of a new Wateree Elementary School on the current site.
• Construction of a new consolidated North Central Elementary School to replace Baron DeKalb, Bethune, and Mt Pisgah elementary schools on district property adjacent to North Central Middle School.
• Renovation of Camden High School and improvements to athletic facilities, including a new stadium to be built on Ehrenclou Drive to replace Zemp Stadium.
• Renovation of Lugoff-Elgin High School and improvements to athletic facilities.
• Renovations to North Central High School and improvements to athletic facilities.
• Improvements, renovation and addition of classrooms at North Central Middle School.
• Improvements, renovation and addition of classrooms at Stover Middle School.
More information on the projects and costs -- including photos -- is available on the district’s website at www.kershaw.k12.sc.us.
(This information provided by the KCSD.)