"VOTE YES" 5 District 55 board members encourage the public
Nine days before a vote that would give District 55 enough money to built a new high school, members of the district’s board stepped forward to endorse the plan, and provide information.
Monday afternoon at the “Vote Yes” headquarters, Hillcrest Drive in Laurens, five board members (two did not attend) urged voters to approve a $109 million bond referendum on Tuesday, Sept. 5.
A portion of board member Terri Martin’s statement addressed the new Laurens District 55 High School potential location:
“Many of our citizens have expressed a reluctance to say ‘yes’ without knowing the exact location of the school. We have said repeatedly that we are looking for a site near the geographical center of the district, which would put it very near (within 1 - 3 miles) of the current high school location.
“Many factors go into the purchase of land for such a venture. We have tried to maintain confidentially in order to avoid price inflation. Now, however, we believe it is best to share with our citizens some of the primary locations for which we are currently negotiating. These sites are offered in no particular order of priority. We are considering:
“Select pieces of property across Highway 76 from the current high school.
“Property off of Raider Road behind the current high school.
“Property adjacent to and behind the Bi-Lo shopping center.
“There are additional pieces of property that would meet our needs if we are unable to secure any of these properties at a fair price. Those additional pieces are still within the defined range for the new school site.”
The average family will pay about $20 a month more if the referendum passes, the statement said. Board members said they were endorsing the school bond in their capacity as citizens.