School board OKs $2.3M bond

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County School District leaders are borrowing another $2.3 million.

At its July 16 meeting, the district’s board of trustees voted to issue a one-year general obligation bond totaling $2.3 million to finance various school building projects. The vote was unanimous.

At the July 16 meeting, Kevin Robinson, the district’s finance director, said debt millage would remain at 20.6 mills, the same as last year, which wouldn’t result in any tax increases for residents.

Robinson said the district requested the $2.3 million bond issue even though it has a surplus that exceeds $2 million. The surplus, he said, is being set aside to fund employee bonuses that were approved earlier this year.

“So it’s to maintain a good cash flow,” Frick said at the meeting. “What we don’t want to do is budget these out of our surplus funds and something unexpected happens.”

Bond money will help cover $600,000 in heating and air equipment at Fairfield Central, and also at Geiger, McCrorey Liston and Fairfield elementary schools. It also includes floor tile, carpets, signage and awning improvements at those elementary schools, as well as Fairfield Magnet and Kelly Miller Elementary. Another $50,000 in paving is included at Gordon Odyssey, Geiger Elementary and Fairfield Elementary.

The bond covers several district wide projects as well:

  • $500,000 — Roof Recoating, Roof Repair Work
  • $300,000 — Computer, Chromebook, Servers, & Clear Touch Panel Replacement
  • $200,000 — Security cameras and door access hardware
  • $200,000 — Reconfigure to control hallway access to classrooms from front door

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