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Clayton County school board looks to 1-cent SPLOST V sales tax vote Nov. 5

Proposed sales tax projected to collect $280.25 million for education

JONESBORO — School board members heard a positive report of the district’s financial statement and education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax audits Monday.

Board Chairwoman Dr. Pam Adamson used the moment, during the monthly work session, to reassure voters of the board’s stewardship of the 1-cent sales tax.

“Is it fair to say this board is implementing SPLOST III and SPLOST IV in the manner in which they voted?” said Adamson. “So they can have confidence in us at this point.”

SPLOST V is on the Nov. 5 ballot, asking Clayton County voters to approve the five-year education funding plan beginning Jan. 1, 2015. SPLOST IV expires Dec. 31, 2014, ending its five-year lifespan.

SPLOST V is projected to collect a maximum of $280.25 million over its lifespan.

It is expected to help fund textbooks, mobile devices and several existing and future capital outlay projects.

The board approved a resolution in September stating those projects would include the construction of an elementary school and a middle school; the purchase of new buses; upgrades to transportation systems, vehicles and facilities; school safety and security improvements; and system-wide technology upgrades.

Stadium renovations and building repairs are also listed on the resolution.

Student safety and student wellness are primary elements of the SPLOST V plan, said Superintendent Luvenia Jackson, noting athletic teams will now travel with portable defibrillators.

Jackson said there is information under the Frequently Asked Questions link on the side scroll menu at www.clayton.k12.ga.us to help answer voters’ questions about how the SPLOST money will be used.