EC School Board Approves Issuance of Bonds

March 19, 2013

The Elbert County school board is moving forward with the renovation project at the Elbert County Comprehensive High School.

Yesterday evening, the school board met for their regular monthly meeting, and voted on the issuance of 7.35 million dollars of bonds to move forward with the renovations.

In the last SPLOST vote the citizens of Elbert County approved an issuance of up to 7.45 million dollars in bonds.

Elbert County Board of Education Chairman Ben Baker feels that this is a good move for the county as a whole.

“I believe this is in the right direction for our community, I think it should be exciting for our community, and I think that all the students in the county should be excited about what’s happening at the high school”, said Baker. “People still talk about the new high school, well the new high school is nearly forty years old, and so it’s not really new anymore.”

Board Member Teresa Barnett was in agreement with what Chairman Baker said.

“As I said before I think our students are our best investment we have in this county, and regardless of what the social media said, I have never changed the way I felt about the bond issue”, said Barnett.

Another Board Member, P Jo Phelps said this is something that she feels the community can be really excited about moving forward.

“I want the best for our students, I want the best facilities and technology”, said Phelps. “I am excited, and I think our community when they start seeing the improvements and what its going to offer the kids, that they are going to get very very excited.”

The motion to issue the bonds was brought up and passed with a four to one vote, with District 1 Board Member Keith Harper voting in opposition.

Phase 1 of the planned renovations to ECCHS is expected to take place this summer.