Voters overwhelmingly approve E-SPLOST V
Posted on 11/07/2018
Image says "E-SPLOST"Conyers, Ga. – Voters overwhelmingly chose to continue the 20-year tradition of collecting pennies for public education in Rockdale County by approving the Education Special Purpose Local Sales Tax (E-SPLOST) ballot initiative on November 6, 2018 by a more than 2-to-1 margin.

About 69.61 percent of voters approved E-SPLOST V with a turnout of about 62.62 percent of registered voters in Rockdale County. E-SPLOST is a one penny, five-year sales tax that allows for shared contribution to education, including visitors to the county who spend money on gas, food, hotels, and retail items. E-SPLOST can be used for capital expenditures or debt retirement; however, Rockdale County Public Schools (RCPS) is a debt-free school system.

“We are grateful to the voters of Rockdale County for their unprecedented level of support for our E-SPLOST ballot initiative,” says RCPS Superintendent Dr. Terry Oatts. “We do not take such support for granted. We also thank those district and community stakeholders who organized to support our efforts to inform our public about the benefits of E-SPLOST. As a result of the voters' support, we will be able to enhance safety and security measures across the district and complete the proposed projects as presented.”

Proposed E-SPLOST V expenditures include improvements to school safety and security, continuation of the One-to-One technology initiative and improvements in technology infrastructure, roof and ceiling replacements, HVAC work, backup electrical generators, high school theater upgrades, buses, specialty program upgrades, and more.

Presentations on E-SPLOST V were held at the Community Forum at Nancy Guinn Memorial Library, Community Forum at J.P. Carr Community Center, Fall 2018 Parent Academy, Rockdale County Board of Education meeting, Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council, Superintendent’s Advisory Council, Citizens Progressive Club, Rockdale County Board of Commissioners meeting which was streamed on Rockdale Channel 23, Antioch AME Church, Springfield Baptist Church, Conyers Rotary Club, Rockdale Rotary Club, Kiwanis Club of Conyers, and Leadership Rockdale.

More information on E-SPLOST is available at .

What has your penny already accomplished for the students of Rockdale County?

   •   Barksdale Elementary additional land and stage
   •   Roofing at BES, FSE, and HHS
   •   RCHS Auditorium, Additions, and Renovations
   •   HHS and SHS Auditorium Additions
   •   Peek’s Chapel Elementary
   •   Evans Stadium at HHS
   •   Debt retirement
   •   Bus facility maintenance and underground fuel storage

   •   Rockdale Career Academy and additions
   •   General Ray Davis Middle School
   •   C.J. Hicks Elementary School
   •   Athletic facility improvements at RCHS, HHS, and SHS
   •   Fine Arts Addition at HHS
   •   Alpha Academy and County Office Renovations
   •   Technology Infrastructure
   •   Debt Retirement
   •   Buses
   •   Painting, paving, and energy efficient retrofits throughout the district


   •   SHS Addition
   •   RCHS Annex Renovation for Magnet Program
   •   PSE Renovations
   •   CMS Expansion and Renovations
   •   EMS Expansion and Renovations
   •   MMS Renovations
   •   RCHS Gym Addition and Renovations
   •   Land Acquisition for future school
   •   Technology and Security Upgrades
   •   Buses
   •   Painting, Warehouse and Transportation Facility Renovations

   •   Pine Street Elementary
   •   Track / Turf Fields - RCHS, HHS, and SHS
   •   Technology  - One to One Devices
   •   Security Vestibules
   •   Security Access Control at all schools
   •   GPS Tracking for Buses
   •   Band Uniforms - for RCHS, HHS, and SHS
   •   Land Acquisition for JHH
   •   Specialty Program Equipment and Facility Upgrades
   •   Painting and Fleet Upgrades
   •   New JHH (in progress)
   •   Renovate County Office and Old PSE (in progress)