Referendum 2019

The Beaufort County Board of Education has voted to hold a county-wide bond referendum on November 5 aimed at improving school safety, renovating inadequate facilities and adding classroom space to address enrollment growth.

All of the November 5 referendum projects were included in a comprehensive list of $629 million in facilities needs identified earlier this year by an independent committee of county residents.  Volunteers on the Community Project Review Committee (CPRC) worked more than 900 hours – visiting 26 schools in Beaufort and other districts and receiving presentations from outside experts – before producing a district-wide projects list.

The projects placed on the referendum ballot by the Beaufort County Board of Education represent a subset of the more comprehensive list developed by the CPRC.  Here’s a breakdown of the projects voters will consider on November 5:

The Nov. 5 referendum will seek voter approval on two separate questions:

  • Question 1 – $290 million in safety and security upgrades at all district schools; technology infrastructure upgrades at schools district-wide; classroom additions at River Ridge Academy and May River High; a replacement building for Robert Smalls International Academy; and renovations at three schools (Beaufort Elementary, Hilton Head Island Middle and Battery Creek High).
  • Question 2 – An additional $54 million in Career and Technology Education expansions at Battery Creek and May River high schools; design work for renovations at Hilton Head Island High; improvements to athletic facilities at district middle and high schools; and playground improvements at early childhood centers, elementary and PreK-8 schools.The second question will only go into effect only if the first question is approved.