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Johnston voters OK school, community college bonds

Posted November 5, 2013

— 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.

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  • Dr Sanchez Nov 6, 2013

    Where is the outrage from the Johnston County crowd who told the Wake County voters how dumb they were last month for voting for THEIR school bond?

  • dragonflyz Nov 6, 2013

    Even if the precincts are not officially closed and reporting, there are exit polls. This bond had a large supportive base; it was expected to pass.

  • BurtReynoldsBigHat Nov 6, 2013

    "There are no result that early. I guess we know how Barack got elected." A person

    Ahh, so there's where we were heading. Illegitimate president.

  • BurtReynoldsBigHat Nov 6, 2013

    "How else would you conclude that WRAL knew the results before any results were in???" A person

    Let's see, maybe they called a contact who was able to provide them with the preliminary results? You know, because that's what journalists do? The same as when a government official will comment anonymously because they "aren't authorized to speak to the press."

    Or maybe you're right and the Johnston County bonds election was rigged and it's all a massive conspiracy...

  • BurtReynoldsBigHat Nov 6, 2013

    "Sounds like the vote was rigged and WRAL knew it" A person

    Haha really? That's your conclusion?

  • Vote for Pedro Nov 6, 2013

    Instead of a bond why not increase tuition. So the students graduate and then get to pay extra taxes for decades instead of paying slightly higher tuition while taking classes. What a deal.
    whatelseisnew

    There was no tax increase. If you don't live in JoCo you should mind your own business.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 6, 2013

    Instead of a bond why not increase tuition. So the students graduate and then get to pay extra taxes for decades instead of paying slightly higher tuition while taking classes. What a deal.