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McDONOUGH — Henry County voters will head to the polls on March 16 to decide whether to approve the sixth version of the one-cent sales tax, also known as the the Education Special Local Option Sales Tax.

On Monday the Board of Education voted unanimously to place the E-SPLOST VI referendum on the ballot to allow the school district to collect as much as $325 million between January 2023 and December 2028 and to issue $210 million in general obligation bonds.

The project list includes additions to existing schools, technology and transportation upgrades, building repairs and upgrades and three new schools. A new administrative office and renovation to the existing facility has also been included.

The list was developed based on community feedback and priorities and the results of a classroom utilization study. Using current classroom space, populations trends, historical and current enrollment and housing trends, the study determined where new schools will need to be built and necessary facility additions.

Board members Holly Cobb and Makenzie McDaniel encouraged the community to support the new version of the E-SPLOST.

“This may not satisfy everyone, but it addresses the needs of our district. As long as we are addressing the needs of our students and making sure they are first, making sure their needs and the teachers needs are being heard then we are getting it right,” McDaniel said. “This is a good footprint where this county is going. We need the citizens of this county to support this. This may not be 100 percent right for everyone, but it is for our students.”

Cobb agreed.

“I believe (E-SPLOST IV) will serve every segment of our population in every district,” Cobb said. “I encourage our community to get out and vote in March.

District officials said they are planning community conversations and information sessions to be held in February. Schedules will be posted to the HCS website when dates are finalized.

To see schedules and the referendum in its entirety, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us and click board meetings under the Board of Education tab.

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