Richland Two votes to put bond referendum questions on November ballot

Members of the Richland Two school board voted 6-1 to approve two bond referendums questions that will now be placed on the ballot this November.

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Members of the Richland Two school board voted 6-1 to approve two bond referendums questions that will now be placed on the ballot this November.

The two questions are considered a binding referendum for taxpayers within the district. That means if question one fails, question two will not be pursued. However, if question one is approved and question two received more than 50 percent of the vote, both items will be considered successful and will be acted on.

The first question would allow the district to replace Bethel-Hanberry and Forest Lake Elementary Schools and renovate part of E.L. Wright Middle. The district would seek approval for $289 million in safety and security enhancements. In all, Richland Two wants to spend $468 million on improving security and facilities.

"There are so many different enhancements when you're trying to make a school modern when it comes to safety and security," Richland 2 Superintendent Dr. Baron Davis said. "We're taking the opportunity to address those things. Our intercom systems, our communications systems, addressing the ability to lock and unlock doors."

The second question would, in part, include new football stadiums at Richland Northeast and Ridge View High Schools.

If the voters approve these referendums in November, district officials said renovations and enhancements could start as soon as next spring.

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