After a careful local study and site visits to district schools in communities north and south of the Broad, the League of Women Voters of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area and the League of Women Voters of Beaufort have voted to support the November 5 Bond Referendum put forward by the Beaufort County School District (BCSD).
The Leagues are encouraging voters to vote YES on both referendum questions, which will provide important safety and security upgrades for all schools, needed classroom space in growth areas, renovate aging facilities, and improve technology infrastructure. Recognizing that trust has been an issue in past failed referendums, the Leagues emphasize that the money raised through the referendum can be used only on the specific projects listed on the ballot and that an oversight committee of community members will monitor all referendum-related expenditures and will make regular reports to the public. It is important to note that the school district receives no money from the state for building and infrastructure needs.
Members of the League of Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Area will be sponsoring a public meeting on October 16 at 10 a.m. at the Bluffton Public Library to provide information to the public about the referendum. There will be an opportunity to ask questions of BCSD Superintendent, Dr. Frank Rodriguez, and members of the Citizens’ Task Force which helped develop the list of district needs.
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