The future of Fort Mill Schools will be decided this Tuesday April 30th as voters go to the polls to vote yay or nay on a $54 million bond sale. If passed the money will be used to expand both Fort Mill High School and Nation Ford High School, build a new Riverview Elementary (the current one would become part of Fort Mill High School), make technology and security improvements at all Fort Mill schools, and install turf fields at both high school stadiums.
Building in Fort Mill has picked up in recent months and both high schools are projected to be at capacity for the 2015-2016 school year. Just recently, a trailer classroom has been put in place at Fort Mill High School for use during the 2013-2014 school year. The Fort Mill School District has tried to make mobile classrooms unnecessary by keeping ahead of school growth, but if this bond sale is not passed, multiple mobile units will become a reality at both Fort Mill High Schools in the near future. Staggered student schedules may also be needed at the high schools.
An expansion of the 2 high schools would increase capacity at each school by 600 students, making room for 2,400 students at each school. This would put off the need for a third high school in Fort Mill for a number of years, saving the school district millions of dollars over the coming years when compared to the cost of building a third high school in the nearer future.
If passed, the owner of a $100,000 home could expect to pay and extra $66 in taxes. The owner of a $250,000 home would pay $165.
Polls will be open from 7am-7pm on Tuesday. Vote at your regularly assigned precinct.