Johnston voters asked to OK $64M school bond

Posted October 29, 2013

Wake County isn't the only local school district trying to meet the challenges of a surging student population.

Johnston County Schools is the second fastest-growing school district in the state, and school leaders say a $64 million school construction bond on the ballot in next Tuesday's election is needed to accommodate growth in the school system.

"We are growing (at) approximately 700 students a year," Johnston schools spokeswoman Tracey Peedin-Jones said Tuesday. "When you look at that, that's about a school a year that we are growing."

The county is expected to nearly double in population over the next 20 years, bond supporters say, which means continuing to expand the educational infrastructure.

"We want to make sure that we give our students the facilities they need, but we also want to do it in a long-range plan so that we don’t raise taxes for our citizens," Peedin-Jones said.

The bond, which won't require a tax increase, will fund two new middle schools – one in the Cleveland-McGees Crossroads area and another in north Johnston County.

It would also pay to convert North Johnston Middle School into an elementary school, allow for school renovations and repairs at other schools and pay for new technology.

"There are currently jobs when they graduate that are not even in existence today, so we have to prepare our student for 21st-century skills," Peedin-Jones said.

About $7 million would go toward renovations and upgrades at Johnston Community College, which enrolls more than 15,000 students each year and has seen enrollment increase more than 25 percent over the last four years.

There is no active, organized opposition to the bond, although one Johnston County commissioner voted against moving forward with the bond plan.


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  • albegadeep Oct 31, 2013

    "which won't require a tax increase" - this year. But if revenue isn't as high as predicted when the bond matures, then they'll have to raise taxes. How about budgeting for school construction instead? No student loans for grade-school students - taken out by the government!

  • Plenty Coups Oct 30, 2013

    "No mo debt, JoCo!!"

    Schools? We don't need no stinkin schools in Johnston County!

  • Bob3425 Oct 30, 2013

    Bon is another word for Loan, School don't bring in cash, once build more they have to be staff and maintained.

  • Pseudonym Oct 29, 2013

    No mo debt, JoCo!!