Union County voters approve school bonds

- Union County voters approved a $54 million bond referendum for classroom additions, safety repairs, renovations and a new transportation facility Tuesday night, according to Union County Public Schools.

The school bond referendum passed with 70.69 percent of votes.

The school system said this is the seventh bond voters have passed for Union County Public Schools since 1998.

“I want to thank the citizens of Union County for supporting our students, teachers and staff, by voting yes for school bonds,” said Board of Education Chair Leslie Boyd. “This bond is critical to our school district and now we can move forward with much-needed repairs, classroom additions and the construction of a new bus garage.”

In June 2016, the Board of Education voted to approve a bond project list that addressed facilities needs at six schools—Western Union Elementary, Porter Ridge Middle, Monroe High, Porter Ridge High, Sun Valley High and Piedmont High. The project list also included a new transportation facility. Board members identified the projects to address growth, renovate aging facilities, repurpose/remove aging mobile classrooms.

The design process for the projects will begin in early winter and construction work is expected to begin in the summer of 2017. Each school with a bond project will have a Project Advisory Team that will consist of parents, teachers, students and community members, according to the school system.

“The support our community showed for the school bonds is a true example of Team UCPS,” said Superintendent Dr. Andrew Houlihan. “Thanks to the Union County voters, we now have money to address facilities needs that are extremely important. Our transportation facility was built in 1980 and now we can construct a new one that will meet the needs of our current fleet.”

Bond Highlights:

  • Union County School Bonds included seven projects
  • The bond package is $54 million and will provide renovations and additions for six schools and a new transportation facility
  • Estimated tax increase for the 2016 bond is 16 cents per $1,000 value.The final fiscal impact of the 2016 bond will be discussed at the county level at a later date.
  • The last school bond passed in 2006 ($174.5 million)
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