Johnston County voters will cast ballots on November 6th on two local bond referendums. In April, the Johnston County School Board formally requested a $133.4 million bond referendum but in May, county commissioners cut the request to $61 million.
What would be funded with the $61 million Johnston County Schools Bond Referendum?
An organization called The Citizens’ Committee for Better Schools has released a flyer outlining what the $61 million bond would fund.
Security Updates At Clayton High, Clayton Middle School, Cooper Academy, East Clayton Elementary School, Powhatan Elementary School, West Clayton Elementary School
Clayton High – replace vocational and fieldhouse with multi-purpose facility; expand and renovate auditorium; general interior renovations
West Clayton Elementary – replace HVAC chillers
Security updates at Cleveland Elementary School, Cleveland High School, Cleveland Middle School, Polenta Elementary School, West View Elementary School
Cleveland Elementary – replace boiler
West View Elementary – add bus drive
Corinth Holders Area
Security updates for Archer Lodge Middle School, Corinth Holders Elementary School, Corinth Holders High School, Riverwood Elementary School, Riverwood Middle School
Archer Lodge Middle – 12 classroom addition
New Elementary School in Archer Lodge Area
Corinth Holders High – 24 classroom addition
West Johnston Area
Security updates at Dixon Road Elementary School, McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School, McGee’s Crossroads Middle School, West Johnston High School
West Johnston High – repair and resurface track
North Johnston Area
Security updates at Glendale-Kenly Elementary School, Micro Elementary School, North Johnston High School, Pine Level Elementary School
Glendale-Kenly Elementary – repave bus drive
North Johnston High – front canopy entrance with additional parking; cafeteria expansion; replace HVAC chillers; enclose breezeways for added security
Security updates at Princeton Elementary School, Princeton Middle-High
Princeton Middle-High – tennis courts, replace bleachers on football field
Security updates at Smithfield-Selma High, Smithfield Middle School, South Smithfield Elementary School, Selma Elementary School, Selma Middle School, West Smithfield Elementary School, Wilson’s Mills Elementary School
Innovation Academy – Central HVAC System, full-service cafeteria, general interior renovations
Smithfield Middle – front entrance canopy
Smithfield-Selma High – multi-purpose gymnasium; resurface student drive; repair and resurface track
South Smithfield Elementary – partial roof replacement and front entrance
West Campus – roof replacement
Wilson’s Mills Elementary – partial roof replacement to primary building
South Johnston Area
Security updates at Benson Elementary, Benson Middle, Four Oaks Elementary, Four Oaks Middle; Meadow School; South Johnston High
Benson Elementary – replace HVAC chillers
Four Oaks Elementary – partial roof replacement
South Johnston High – general interior renovations; upgrade HVAC system; replace bleachers on football field; repair and resurface track and tennis courts
JCC $15 Million Bond Referendum
In addition to the $61 million school bond referendum, Johnston Community College is asking voters on Nov. 6th to approve a separate $15 million bond issue.
The funds would be used to design and construct a new 35,000 square foot building on the JCC Smithfield campus for Early College and JCC engineering students.
JCC launched an Associate in Engineering program in the Fall of 2015. In three years, enrollment has increased 163%, according to The Citizens’ Committee for Better Schools. Residual bond funds will be used for college renovation and expansion needs.