Friday 22 Nov 2019

Commissioners Talk School Facility Needs During SWHS Gym Discussion

The Wayne County Commissioners take a closer look at the funding for the new gymnasium at Southern Wayne High School.

This week, Finance Director Allison Speight told the commissioners she had met with Wayne County Public Schools officials to reconfigure the funds paying for the new gym.

While Commissioner Ray Mayo was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, he asked Commissioner Joe Daughtery to express the need to also fund new classrooms in the county.

Daughtery also says there are other facility needs throughout the county’s schools and mentioned much-needed work at Spring Creek High School.

Commissioner Wayne Aycock chimed in and said the county needs to fund school facilities, possibly through a sales tax referendum.

The budget amendment measures approved by the Wayne County Board of Commissioners Tuesday include:

  • Spend down the remaining bond proceeds set aside for the SWHS Gym Project in the amount of $2,821,083.
  • Reallocate the unspent bond proceeds remaining from the Grantham Sewer project in the amount of $408,686 to the SWHS Gym Project.
  • Transfer the balance needed to complete the SWHS Gym Project from the Schools Sales Tax Fund in the amount of $2,820,735.
  • Upon approval of these budget amendments, the balance remaining in the School Sales Tax Fund will be $1,566,356. The County Manager is recommending that these funds be held in the School Sales Tax Fund until the SWHS Gym Project is completed. This will provide a funding stream for any potential budget increases to the SWHS Gym Project.

The new Southern Wayne High gym carries a price tag of roughly $6.4 million.

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