Investing in Education –Security, Innovation, and Facilities
As we enter into our fourth SPLOST for
Rome/Floyd County, it is evident that together we are making a
difference in the lives of our children. The SPLOST, one-cent tax on
consumer goods, has paid huge dividends in our schools. Since the
beginning of the SPLOST, our community has been able to complete many
necessary upgrades for our children including:
- Construction of Elm Street Elementary School and Anna K. Davie Elementary (Anna K. Davie will be completed by 2015.)
- New classroom additions at East
Central Elementary, West Central Elementary, West End Elementary School,
Rome High School (including a new band room), and Rome Middle School
- Replaced HVAC at several locations around the district
- Replaced several outdated school buses
- Renovations of the Phoenix Learning Center and Rome Transitional Academy
- Provided smart boards, projector, and computers in schools across the district
We are proud of what we have accomplished together as a city and as a community. SPLOST IV projects for Rome City Schools are focused on Security, Innovation, and Facilities.
Security – Access controls and
cameras at schools. These access control devices and cameras allow
office staff to monitor and control the entrance of our schools. Our
number one priority in RCS is for our children and staff to have a safe
environment in which to learn and work.
Innovation – Construct and equip
the Early Childhood Center of Anna K. Davie, increase bandwidth
throughout the school system, and upgrade digital learning devices for
students and staff. These innovative projects will allow our children to
increase their productivity in and outside the classroom, encourage
individual leadership in learning, expand access to learning resources,
and help develop digital citizenship within a structured environment.
Facilities – Replace the roofs at
Rome High School and Rome Middle School, upgrade HVAC units throughout
the system, replace lighting, flooring, and ceiling tiles throughout the
school system, and replace aging school buses.
Other projects that have been
identified, but may only be funded if enough money is collected through
E-SPLOST, include: additional classrooms at West Central and Elm St.,
the expansion of the cafeterias at Main, West Central, and West End elementary schools.
FACTS/TALKING POINTS ABOUT SPLOST:
- SPLOST stands for Special Purpose
Local Option Sales Tax. It is a one-cent sales tax on retail goods that
must be approved by voters in a referendum. Revenues from the tax must
be used for specific capital improvement projects at local schools.
- There are two SPLOST initiatives on
the ballot for November. One is a continuation, meaning not an
increase, of the current Education SPLOST (E-Splost) that will include
all the projects that are included on this site. The second is a
community SPLOST for the city and county.
- Since approximately 90% of the
district’s operating budget pays for salaries of teachers and staff, the
E-SPLOST provides means for our district to be able to maintain
buildings, technology, and provide the necessary resources to provide
our students with high quality academics, athletics, and arts.
- The State of Georgia gives very
little funding to local districts that can be used towards maintenance
or construction of buildings, technology resources and infrastructure,
and providing instructional resources for students.
- Before E-SPLOST initiatives, the
school district issued bonds that were repaid from property tax
revenues, or used ad valorem tax revenues to fund capital improvements.
Both put the burden on property owners and took years to pay-off.
- Bonds must be repaid over many
years with interest. Whereas, E-SPLOST revenue is used as it is received
and there is no interest to pay back.
- Those who do not pay property tax
and/or live out of the county, but work and play in Rome, support our
schools by paying a significant portion of the E-SPLOST – estimates say
30% or more.
- The penny sales tax cannot be used
to pay teaching personnel or any other operational costs of the school
system. Only capital projects, which include new schools, classrooms,
technology, and debt retirement, are acceptable uses of the sales tax
- E-SPLOST IV will allow us to
address safety improvements, update and enhance our technology in our
schools, and provide maintenance on buildings that will ensure our
students continue to have the resources needed to succeed in today’s