Commissioners Approve $36 Million General Obligation Bond From 2018 School Referendum

Funds Will Help Pay For New Thanksgiving Elementary School , JCC Engineering Building

Johnston County Commissioners adopted a resolution April 19th approving the sale of $36 million in General Obligation Public Improvement Bonds. It’s the final installment towards the $76 million school bond referendum approved by voters in November 2018.

A sketch of the Johnston Community College Engineering Building that will be funded through the 2018 School Bond Referendum.

The remaining $36 million of the $76 million bond funds will be used by Johnston County Public Schools (JCPS) and Johnston Community College (JCC) for a number of projects. In the 2018 bond, $61 million was earmarked for JCPS and $15 million to JCC.

Johnston Community College will use their portion of the funds towards construction of a new engineering building.

Johnston County Public Schools will use their funds for a variety of projects. They include funding the new Thanksgiving Elementary school, a sewer force main project for Thanksgiving Elementary, Wilson’s Mills Elementary roof project, South Smithfield Elementary roof project, chiller replacement for Benson Elementary, and an addition at Archer Lodge Middle School.

Other school projects in the design or pre-planning phases that could also be funded include a multipurpose auxiliary gym for Smithfield Selma High, an auditorium at Clayton High, HVAC upgrades at South Johnston High, parking lot paving at South Johnston High, Chiller replacement at West Clayton Elementary, window replacement and kitchen equipment improvements at the Innovation Academy, a cafeteria expansion at North Johnston High, and a new front entrance canopy at Smithfield Middle School.

The 2018 School Bond Referendum passed with 60 percent among county voters. A total of 67,077 votes were cast.

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