Clover school bond committee: ‘Cautiously optimistic’

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comMarch 6, 2014 

— Committee members promoting the Clover schools’ $67 million construction bond are “cautiously optimistic” about the March 22 vote.

Rose Cummings, chairwoman of the Vote Yes committee, told school board members Monday that members have been speaking in the community and providing information about the plan.

The school district has proposed $99 million worth of construction, including a new middle and elementary school, a renovated ninth grade academy, athletic facility improvements and an aquatics center. The district plans to make a $32 million down payment to reduce the amount it would need to borrow.

“We have found that when we engage people and have a conversation with them, they are very supportive,” Cummings told the board.

Cummings said the group is hosting two events to provide information. They are:

• An information fair from 5 to 7 p.m. March 18 at Lake Wylie Christian Assembly. The event, in the children’s church area, will feature details about each of the projects planned with the bond.

• Tours of Clover High School on March 11. Cummings, who said there is “a lot of discussion around the high school,” said the tours are offered at different times.

They will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 6 p.m. March 11.

Anyone interested can report to the media center at the tour time. Registration isn’t necessary.

“We are encouraging people to get out and vote because every vote counts,” Cummings said. “It’s the only thing on the ballot that day, so it’s going to be very important that you come out and vote.”

She said the deadline to register to vote in the referendum was Feb. 20.

Kelly Clayton with Cummings Inc., the district’s construction management firm, told board members that if the bond is approved by voters, construction work on the two new schools is expected to begin by the end of the year.

He said grading and other work on the school sites will begin immediately, as design plans for the new schools are being completed.

The Memorial Stadium work will begin after the close of the 2014 football season so it is complete by spring 2015, he said.

Superintendent Marc Sosne said the construction projects have a “very ambitious” time frame. “Pending passage of the bond referendum, we will have a lot of activity for three or four years,” Sosne said.

Jennifer Becknell •  803-329-4077

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