"VOTE NO" too many questions unanswered, letter writer says
This week, Mrs. Patsy Adams wrote a very thoughtful letter to the GoLaurens Editor about the uncertainty of the spending of $109,000,000 in a bond referendum, provided that it were to pass.
During her research, she came to the conclusions that nothing has been identified as facts. In the many plans developed and presented by Dr. Peters’ staff and District 55 School Board, which consisted of conceptual renderings of buildings with no location of a construction site, no questions answered in regards to the solar system and a lack of information pertaining to the control/spending of the taxpayers’ money.
Dr. Russell Booker, the School Superintendent in Spartanburg District 7, recently worked with his School Board and the general public providing them with every aspect of the plans for all school building projects, which also included the use of old school properties. At no time did he, or any member of the general public, raise any concerns of race or other social issues. The only questions to arise related to the best interest of the School District.
My interest in this bond referendum has pulled me in the direction of all the potential corruption in the State’s education system. We recently have had the State take control of the Administration of a State College. The South Carolina Ethics Commission has levied fines on School Board Members. Berkeley County’s Superintendent pled guilty to improper use of District Resources to promote the school bond referendum.
The following statements regarding first floor, the Architect/Construction Manager District 55 Board selected, has been publicly reported by WBTW news dated April 28, 2017.
“Horry County School Board sees school construction emails in secret”
“Records link Horry County School Board Chairman to ‘edits’ of school construction documents”
“Lawmaker sponsors bill that would’ve benefited Horry County school builder, gets contract for project”
I have developed an interest in where all the monies came from for the bill boards, Vote Yes headquarters, and other activities. The taxpayers of District 55 have not been provided with this information.
I realize this bond referendum may fail. If so, the same group who have presented us with this ill advised/questionable recommendation will go back to the drawing board for another attempt. This Board and their Administration should NEVER be allowed to participate in any form or fashion of another plan to upgrade our education system. The public needs to start with a totally new group of concerned citizens that are not biased and which will be more deliberate, thorough and careful in presenting proposal for the expenditure of public funds.
Jayhue Weiser Sr.