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Will Baker County voters approve the education SPLOST?

BAKER CO., GA (WALB) -

Baker County School officials are hoping to make some improvements in the near future, including the addition of two new classrooms.

But to do that, they say they need voters to pass the education SPLOST. Revenue from the one-percent sales tax would go to the school system.

The school superintendent says their elementary classrooms are overcrowded .

"We have an old mobile which is sitting outside of the school in which we are going to have to update and repair to make it useful to split the classrooms up," says Dr. Torrance Choates.

He says the tax could generate as much as $200,000 a year for Baker County schools, and he wants voters to understand this is not a tax increase.

"I feel that every student in Baker County should be entitled to having a great school to where they have the access of the school facility just like they would if they were in any other school system around the state," says Dr. Choates

But some people say the tax is unnecessary. Jolene Skinner says enrollment at the county's only school is dropping, and it doesn't need new classrooms.

"we need books. If you would go to our library you would be embarrassed. We need books we need a good library for our children to go to," says Baker County resident Jolene Skinner.

School officials say the money could also be used for new buses and for technology.

Bill Hastings teaches math at the school and says they are in desperate need of an update.

"We have one computer lab that services the whole school, and there is less than 30 working computers in there at any given time," says teacher Bill Hastings.

If the tax passes, it would be enacted for five years.

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