Johnston voters OK school, community college bonds
Posted November 5, 2013
Smithfield, N.C. — Johnston County voters approved two bond issues Tuesday to help keep up with enrollment growth both in public schools and at the local community college.
The $64 million school construction bond will fund new middle schools in the Cleveland-McGees Crossroads area and in north Johnston County. It also will be used to convert North Johnston Middle School into an elementary school, finance renovations and repairs at other schools and pay for new technology.
The bond won't require a tax increase.
Johnston County Schools is the second fastest-growing school district in the state, adding about 700 students each year. The county is expected to nearly double in population over the next 20 years.
A separate $7 million bond will pay for 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.
Both bonds passed by 76-24 percent margins, according to unofficial results.