SPLOST IV - Addressing classroom and technology needs through 2017
Since 1997, GCPS has benefitted from a special purpose local option sales tax, or SPLOST, for education. Since 1997, SPLOST has provided GCPS students with thousands of needed classrooms in 46 new schools and dozens of school additions, as well as technology improvements that are essential to world-class teaching and learning.
The current SPLOST for schools, SPLOST III, will expire June 30, 2012. Recently, the Gwinnett County Board of Education approved asking voters to keep the one-cent SPLOST for another five years. The extension of the current SPLOST will appear on the November 8, 2011, ballot. Key facts regarding this SPLOST:
- Anticipated revenue of $876 million (By law, Buford will get $17.1 million based on their student enrollment, leaving GCPS with $858.9 million.)
- Projects include 5 new schools, 1 bus facility, and 9 additions and renovations.
- Also included is air conditioning for all middle and high school gyms and all elementary activity buildings, along with all kitchens that currently do not have air conditioning.
- Significant technology upgrades including retrofits for all schools and infrastructure support and digital content to expand the walls of the classroom and make learning more engaging and relevant to today's world.
- Facility improvements to address preventive maintenance that has been postponed due to budget cuts (roofing, painting, carpeting, etc.)
Delivering on promises... SPLOST III provided for Phase I of The Plan which included 16 new schools and three replacement schools, and additions at two schools. Within the program, three new clusters were established-- Lanier, Mountain View, and Archer.
With SPLOST IV, the school district will continue its efforts to meet the facility and technology needs of its growing student enrollment.