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Video Released for May 20 Bond for Forsyth Schools

If passed, the $195 million education bond will help increase security, technology infrastructure and address school overcrowding by updating and adding new classrooms.

Credit: Forsyth County Schools
Credit: Forsyth County Schools
Forsyth County Schools will be asking voters to back a $195 million education bond during the May 20 election.

The bond will help increase security, technology infrastructure and address school overcrowding by updating and adding new classrooms.

View the proposed summary by area here and see the district's video attached with this article.

From Forsyth County Schools:

Forsyth County Schools is home to 40,821 students in 35 schools. As the third fastest growing school district in the nation, Forsyth County Schools adds 1,700 new students a year. This year Forsyth County Schools moved from the ninth to the seventh largest school district in Georgia, surpassing both Henry and Cherokee county schools.

Given the fiscal challenges residents faced during the recession, the district has not held a bond referendum since 2007 to generate funding for capital improvements. Therefore, Forsyth County Schools spent a year building a new Strategic Plan and an additional year completing a Facilities Plan, to identify the current and future needs of students and staff.  

If approved, funds would be available fall, 2014 and work would begin on proposed projects at existing schools continuing until 2018. The financing for this bond is structured to not increase the bond debt millage rate as long as SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is extended by voters.   
                     
If the May 20, 2014 bond is not approved by voters the proposed projects, including improvement to existing schools, school safety, technology and growth, may not be completed.

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