By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
Just a week after the local government took their first step towards a new SPLOST, a discussion is brewing in the city and county schools about levying a penny-tax of their own.
At Tuesday’s board meeting, the Floyd County Schools presented an overview of the many projects SPLOST III funded, which include 26 classrooms, 1600 added security cameras and, of course, the new multi-million dollar Model High School building. That penny tax does roll off in March 2014, however, prompting school officials to begin a SPLOST IV dialogue. Though obviously still early in the process, Superintendant Jeff McDaniel says they’re prioritizing a list of projects to benefit from a new penny tax.
“We’re kind of going through that list right now. We’re working with Rome City Schools as well. For us to be able to do a SPLOST in the Floyd County Schools, Rome City Schools has to agree to do one as well. Dr. Jeff Bearden and I working very closely together on that,” McDaniel says. “In the meantime, our Chief of Operations Sam Spruell is out kind of doing a categorized list of priorities and needs for the next SPLOST.”
One of the unofficial projects on that list could possibly be a new Coosa High School. In the meantime, the school SPLOST could join its government counterpart on the November 5th ballot.