Voters in Anderson School District One showed their support for a proposed building program by approving a $109 million bond referendum Tuesday. Unofficial results show 3017 voters were in favor of the referendum, with only 991 opposed. School Superintendent Robbie Binnicker was just about to finish up a budget work session with the Board when Superintendent of Instruction Jane Harrison came in with the results. Board members and administration were obviously pleased with the result which will allow construction on two new middle schools to begin as soon as Monday.
Binnicker said “We are very excited about the passage of the bond referendum. Our community has clearly shown their overwhelming support for the building program and the future of the school district. This vote will positively affect students in our district for generations. I want to thank the Anderson School District One constituents that supported this measure and helped to get this referendum passed.”
The new building program includes replacing Palmetto Middle and Wren Middle schools, classroom additions for schools that are at or over capacity, critical renovation at schools that need them and safety improvements at all fourteen District Schools.
Total cost for the project is approximately $132 million.