Dorchester Dist. 2 OKs up to $32M to pay for school construction, equipment

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 8:40 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 4:14 AM EDT
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SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Dorchester School District Two has voted unanimously to allocate up to $32 million in taxpayer dollars to pay for new equipment for students and staff as well as a portion of construction costs for four of its schools.

The resolution came before the board at Monday night’s meeting at district headquarters in Summerville.

“People drop their computers and break their computers, and they have to be replaced,” Board Chairperson Gail Hughes said. “That’s what these things are paying for, but understand, on the back side of that, we’ve been reimbursed for that, so it’s not any additional revenue that’s coming out.”

Bonds dating from February 2020, April 2021 and June 2021 were included in the resolution.

Below is a breakdown of the bonds and what they will be used for:

February 2020

  • Student devices
  • Interactive flat panels for classrooms
  • Security cameras

April 2021

  • Teacher and staff laptop refreshes
  • Security cameras

June 2021

  • New middle school equipment
  • HVAC
  • Kitchen equipment

“Some kitchen equipment had to be replaced,” Hughes said. “Just, as you know, over time, things wear out, and some things have to be replaced. That’s all of that. That’s trying to keep our schools in the shape that we need to provide what we need to provide for our students.”

The bonds will also help cover the construction costs of Ashley Ridge High School, William Revees Elementary School, Eagle Nest Elementary School and River Oaks Middle School.

Along with that, the bonds will help also cover the cost of the new security cameras being installed across all of the school districts’ campuses.

DD2 Head of Security Preston Giet said back in March the cameras can zoom in at further distances than their predecessors and have AI built into them that can detect abnormal situations.

Hughes said resolutions like this help the district pay for things they otherwise couldn’t afford.

“It allows us to pay over time rather than paying all up front,” she said, “and because our school system is so tight with finances that’s the only way we’re able to take care of our students’ needs.”

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