• Hinds County School District

    Special Bond Election

    August 15, 2017

     

     

    What is a school bond issue?

    School bonds are used as a primary source for school districts to help pay for costly school facilities projects such as construction, facilities improvements and renovations, and new equipment purchases.

    How is a school bond passed?

    A school bond must be approved by a majority of voters who live within the school district.

    Why is the district requesting a bond?

    HCSD committed to creating collaborative educational environments where students experience authentic learning and obtain critical 21st-century skills. In order to realize this vision, we have to invest in 21st-century learning spaces where all HCSD students can prepare for college and careers.

    Addressing critical safety and security issues at several schools is also a key facet of this bond. Improving access roads, adding new signage and fences, and improving parking and lighting are only a few of the much-needed upgrades that will increase the safety of students and faculty at our schools.

    What is the timeline for completing the projects if it passes?  

    The fifty-five (55) Projects in the proposed plan will start at different intervals, subject to public bid laws, on or before March 8, 2018 and will be completed within 3 years of the start date.

    What is the amount of the bond being requested and what is the amount per school?

    The total amount of the bond is $59.9 million. The proposed projects for each school can be viewed using the links below.

    How will Hinds County School District use funds from the bond?

    The bond proposal includes 55 construction projects and several other initiatives that will benefit our schools. Through innovative programs like the 1-to-1 Technology Initiative, the addition and renovation of athletic fields, and the construction of performing arts facilities, our students will have access to state-of-the-art technology and initiatives. The bond also addresses critical safety and security issues at several schools including improving access roads, adding new signage and fences, and improving parking and lighting.

     

    What projects are proposed for my child’s school?

    You can review the proposed projects for each school by clicking the school name below. If you have questions about any of the projects, feel free to contact us here.

    Bolton Edwards Elementary/Middle School
    Byram Middle School
    Gary Road Elementary School
    Gary Road Intermediate School
    Raymond Elementary School
    Raymond High School
    Terry High School
    Utica Elementary/Middle School

    When will this bond be decided?

    Voters will decide August 15 whether to approve Hinds County School District’s proposal. You must be registered to vote thirty days before an election. The deadline to register is July 14. 2017.

    Where do I vote?

    You can find your polling location by visiting here.

    What does the ballot look like?
    You can see a sample ballot by visiting here.

    Will my taxes increase?

    We will be able to complete all of the projects outlined in the project summary without increasing school ad valorem taxes for Hinds County residents.

     

     
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