By: Laura-Jane Hatcher (WRGA News)
There are no big ticket items on the Rome City Schools’ E-SPLOST wish list, but officials say the projects listed there are important all the same.
On Tuesday, both the city and county schools unanimously passed a resolution to seek a joint E-SPLOST IV. While a new building for the aging Coosa High School sits at the forefront of the county’s needs, the city schools have a long list of repairs and renovations they’re hoping to fund through a penny-tax.
As part of his push for introducing the 21st century to the classroom, Superintendent Jeff Bearden says updating a lot of aged technology is also on that list.
“We’re in that situation right now where we don’t have one major project, but we have a lot of significant work that needs to take place in the schools,” he says. “Number two, there’s a huge emphasis in this school system now in investing in technology. We need to refresh some of our computers through-out the system, and refresh some of the smart boards we have.”
The city schools project that the proposed E-SPLOST would rank in around $30 Million. With a wish-list in excess of $40 Million, Bearden says their next move is to shave and prioritize.