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Five-year ESPLOST extension approved
BOE-Holloway for Web
    About 5 percent of Bulloch County’s registered voters made it to the polls Tuesday, approving the extension of a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) to 2014 that will fund the construction of three local elementary schools.
    The SPLOST is not an additional tax, but the extension of a portion of the seven cents sales tax currently existing in the county.
    A total of 1,746 registered voters cast ballots, 71 of which were absentee ballots, said Patricia Lanier Jones, Bulloch County Probate Clerk. Elections fall under the probate court’s umbrella.
    This made up 4.93 percent of the county’s 35,403 registered voters, she said.
    About 91 percent of the votes were in favor of the SPLOST, she said.
    Bulloch County School Superintendent Dr. Lewis Holloway expressed elation shortly after the votes were counted, and said constriction on the new Julia P. Bryant Elementary School could begin in as few as six weeks. The new JPB school will be built near the existing school, on adjacent property at the corner of West Main Street and Stockyard Road.
    After students move into the new school, students from Mattie Lively Elementary on Debbie Drive will be temporarily housed in the old Julia P. Bryant building, he said.
    That’s when  the existing MLE building will be demolished, and a new facility built in its same location. Upon completion of that school, MLE students will move into the new facility and the old JPB building will be torn down, he said.
    A new Sallie Zetterower Elementary School will be built on a 20-acre parcel the Bulloch County Board of Education purchased on Cawana Road, he said.
    The current Sallie Zetterower Elementary School is located on Brannen Street at Gentilly Drive.
    “We’re really encouraged that the community supported the SPLOST,” Holloway said. He said bids will likely be let within weeks for the Julia P. Bryant project.
    “I appreciate the community being aware of the needs of  the students,” he said.

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