Voters approved a $10 million general obligation bond Tuesday for the Marlboro County School District.
The vote was 70.32 percent (5,352) for yes and 29.68 percent (2,259) voted no.
The funds will be used to upgrade all safety and security functions in each building to include 100 percent visibility, DVR security cameras, and fully operational panels. It will be used for new construction at Bennettsville Intermediate School to include a new cafeteria and a new and remodeled auditorium for the school district and community. Funds will upgrade dilapidated restroom facilities and water stations in all buildings along with upgrades for elementary playground equipment.
"Without any question, we are overjoyed and excited about the possibilities that await us as a result of the public granting us a "yes" vote," said MCSD Superintendent Dr. Gregory McCord. "I am absolutely ecstatic. Being a new super on the job for such a short period of time and being able to garner the support of the community says a lot about the existing systems already in place."
He added they did a great job in getting the message out by attending public, private and church events and allowing people to see inside of the schools through the pictures and videos.
"Ecumenical partners were very helpful," he said. "We tried to cover as many bases as we could from McColl all the way to Wallace."
District officials wanted to make sure the public will know at all times what the district is doing with the monies.
He noted it is described in the brochure that he presented to the board, which is also available at www.marlboro.k12.sc.us.
"Once we begin the process of not just putting the items out for bid but the work that is going to be awarded," he said. "I want the public to know what we are doing. There will be a presentation at board meetings almost every month detailing the work that is being done."