UPDATE: The Ed SPLOST renewal passed on Nov. 2, 2021 with 75% voter approval!
Cherokee County’s 1-percent Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (Ed SPLOST) shows what a penny can do when invested by a community into the success of its schools!
A blue-ribbon committee of business, civic and elected leaders in 2001 recommended our community use an Ed SPLOST to build a better Cherokee County School District. Voters agreed and since have voted three times to continue the Ed SPLOST … with 73% voting YES on the 2016 renewal!
The Ed SPLOST is up for renewal again: in Early Voting this fall and on Election Day, Nov. 2, 2021.
Please see the headings below to learn more about the main six areas in which we invest Ed SPLOST revenue: Construction, Renovations, Technology, Transportation, Land Acquisition and Debt Retirement.
Here is a link to the Cherokee County Elections Office for additional voting information. The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 4; Early/Advance Voting begins Tuesday, Oct. 12.
Here is a link to the Ed SPLOST referendum language that will be on the ballot.
Here is a printable factsheet about the Ed SPLOST.
Here is a message from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower about Ed SPLOST.
A new classroom wing is added to Woodstock Middle School this year thanks to funding from the 2016 Ed SPLOST; WMS was 30% over capacity before the addition.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to… build 19 new schools! Here is a link to a list of these past projects.
The renewal will fund … new construction including:
- A new/replacement Cherokee High School near the new Teasley Middle School campus;
- A new/replacement Free Home Elementary School near the current campus;
- Classroom additions and a second gymnasium at Creekview High School;
- Classroom additions at Woodstock High School;
- Classroom additions at Creekland Middle School;
- Classroom additions at Oak Grove Elementary School STEAM Academy;
- A second gymnasium at River Ridge High School;
- Safety and efficiency improvements to athletics facilities at Etowah High School and Sequoyah High School; and
- Much-needed professional development/training facilities for teachers and support staff.
Sequoyah High School's auditorium was renovated (including new seating) during the summer of 2021 using Ed SPLOST funds.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to … expand and renovate older schools to ensure that every child attends a safe and updated school … no matter their ZIP code.
The renewal will fund … renovations at schools Districtwide ranging from new roofs to HVAC upgrades. Here is a link to a list of projected infrastructure needs that would be funded by the renewal.
Students and teachers use technology throughout the day in CCSD schools.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to … enhance technology infrastructure not only in classrooms, but also underground, to provide students and teachers with the hardware, software and connectivity needed for success.
The renewal will fund … technology-related infrastructure and equipment to further academic achievement and increase operational efficiency. With little State funding for technology, Ed SPLOST remains a main revenue source for this expense.
CCSD school buses transport 70% of students to and/or from school.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to … purchase numerous new school buses to replace those that have logged a lifetime of miles.
The renewal will fund … the replacement of 30 aging buses a year over the next five years. This is another area for which Ed SPLOST serves as the main source of funding.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to… acquire land on which CCSD schools have been built in recent years, as well as to buy sites for several more schools in the path of growth.
The renewal will fund … continued purchase of future school sites to stay ahead of growth, as residential development quickly returns to our community. This is another area for which Ed SPLOST serves as the main source of funding.
Freedom Middle School is one of the facilities built when unprecedented student enrollment growth had eclipsed school capacity.
CCSD has invested Ed SPLOST revenue to … pay off the “mortgage” incurred by the necessity of building so many schools to answer our county’s rapid growth. This debt, including debt incurred for the proposed new projects, will be fully retired by 2038. You can read more about the status here.
The renewal will fund … continued retirement of bond debt. Without the Ed SPLOST, the property tax rate would increase by 5 mills in order to fulfill this obligation, and all planned construction and renovations projects, technology investment and school bus purchases would halt. The Ed SPLOST allows for this cost to be shared by visitors and residents alike based on purchases instead of through a property tax increase.