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Leaders address funding problems in Brunswick Co. schools

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The school board in Brunswick County is facing more than $130 million in capital improvement needs. The school board in Brunswick County is facing more than $130 million in capital improvement needs.
BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) -

Brunswick County voters may have a tough decision this fall as school leaders talk about adding a sales tax referendum to the November ballot.

The Brunswick County Board of Education is facing more than $130 million in capital improvement needs.

The district has plans to build two new schools, buy more busses, and make facility upgrades to existing school sites. However, the problem lies with funding.

Voters said "no" to a quarter cent sales tax referendum in May which would have generated approximately $1.5 million for schools. Now, board members are faced with the task of finding another way to afford the work.

Leaders decided Tuesday night to set a special workshop meeting on June 10, at 10 a.m. The board will get together to determine the county's top five priority projects.

From there, the board will work with county leaders and address the district's top needs accordingly.

Chairman John W. Thompson said a sales tax referendum on the November ballot is a likely possibility.

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