SCCPSS wants to hear from parents, community at ESPLOST meetings



As a parent, you always want the best for your child, especially when it comes to their education. And since improvements can sometimes be costly, Chatham County school officials are proposing a way to raise the money the money they need, and they want your input.


The plan is called ESPLOST or the Educational Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax.
It’s a one-percent sales tax that will help pay for things like: new school buildings, improvement of older school buildings, as well as improving technology and equipment inside the classrooms. The penny sales tax will not increase your property tax in anyway, rather it will shift some of the responsibility from property owners to all residents–and even visitors–to the community. About 40% of the funding will be provided by citizens living outside of Chatham County, according to school officials.


School district officials will be hosting meetings at different schools throughout  Chatham County to present a draft of their plan to parents. Although this concept is not a new one for school officials, (as they have used ESPLOST plans in the past), where the money is allocated differs based on where it is deemed most needed, and that’s why they need to hear from parents.


Listed below are all of the meeting dates:
Thursday, May 12
5:00 p.m.
Beach High School
3001 Hopkins St.
Tuesday, May 17
4:30 p.m. -7:00 p.m.
Johnson High School
3012 Sunset Blvd.
Wednesday, May 18th
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Georgetown K-8 School
1516 King George Blvd.
Thursday, May 19th
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Islands High School
170 Whitemarsh Island Road
Monday, May 23
4:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
New Hampstead High School
2451 Little Neck Road

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