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Florence County School District 2 passes $7 million bond referendum with overwhelming support

Florence County, South Carolina – On Tuesday, residents cast their votes for a general obligation bond referendum in Florence County School District 2 (FSD2), as confirmed by district officials. The unofficial results of the bond referendum are:

  • Votes in favor: 191 (92.27%)
  • Votes opposed: 16 (7.73%)

A bond referendum is an election that gives residents the choice to approve or reject a district’s proposal to borrow funds for building new schools, renovating current ones, and upgrading or purchasing other capital resources. This referendum won’t exceed $7 million, and district leaders believe it won’t necessitate a hike in property tax millage. In April 2022, the South Carolina Department of Education conducted a facilities needs assessment for both Hannah-Pamplico Elementary/Middle School and Hannah-Pamplico High School.

Hannah-Pamplico High School, originally built in 1964, underwent expansions and renovations in 1966, 1968, 1969, 1972, 1975, and 2001. A recent study revealed issues like aging mechanical systems and plumbing problems, including sanitary sewer backups. Due to its age, the study recommended constructing a new high school. However, the State of South Carolina has not provided Florence County School District 2 (FSD2) with capital funds for this project. The study also pointed out inadequate security due to the lack of perimeter fencing around the school.

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In the fall of 2023, FSD2 stakeholders developed a prioritized list for critical capital improvements, repairs, and renovations across the district, focusing on meeting safety standards and compliance with current regulations. This list, along with funding recommendations, was presented to the Board of Trustees.

Residents cast their votes for a general obligation bond referendum in Florence County School District 2 (FSD2), bond approved with 90%+ votes

On February 26, the FSD2 Board of Trustees, armed with this information, decided to move forward with a general obligation bond referendum to address the district’s capital needs.

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The $7 million bond will be paid over 25 years. On Thursday, 207 people participated in the vote, representing 5.4% of the 3,831 registered voters. The referendum results will be officially certified by the Florence County Voter Registration on Thursday, May 9

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