New Hanover County Commissioners voted to approve a school bond referendum totaling $160 million Monday night.
Superintendent Tim Markley presented a bond proposal to county commissioners last month. Markley originally asked for more than $280 million in capital improvement needs, including building new schools and renovating current ones.
School Board Chairman, Don Hayes said he hoped commissioners would add a school bond referendum to the November ballot to help pay for the top 25 projects on the board's priority list.
"With 40 school buildings and capital budget amounts down, it's gotten to the point now where it's imperative to take action," Hayes said. "I think the County Commissioners are working with us on that."
Superintendent Tim Markley said this bond referendum is needed for the rapid growth of the county.
The school board has said this is the smallest amount necessary to handle the district's capital improvement needs, which totals $284 million.
The Commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the referendum. Commissioner Chair Woody White was the only one to vote against it.
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