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Thomas Co. Educators push for ESPLOST

Sabrina Boykins-Everett, Superintendant of Thomas City Schools Sabrina Boykins-Everett, Superintendant of Thomas City Schools

The Thomas County and Thomasville School Boards approved putting an extension of the county's Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) on the ballot.  Now, they hope voters will approve it.

"The local citizens of course by endorsing it with their vote, share and recognizing those needs. Then of course whatever enhances the school system does enhance the community; and the community uses our facilities and they benefit as well," said Superintendent Sabrina Boykins-Everett. "Certainly it is a relief that we don't have to delay some of the projects that would certainly take years to do, as opposed to being able to do them simultaneously in a shorter period of time."

Here's how it works: A penny of taxes for every dollar you spent in Thomas County will go to the school systems. The city school superintendent estimates her system's share will be around $3.8 million. 

Last year, administrators were able to renovate classrooms, add new TV's at the middle school, and now they are building a new gym at the high school.

"The campus was built in 1975. That campus never had a gymnasium, so here we are 40 years later with a brand new gym," said Boykins-Everett.

If the new ESPLOST is approved, administrators would add new campus improvements such as renovation to the buildings, improving heat, air, and lighting, and adding new textbooks.

The Thomasville high school gymnasium should be finished on December 16th and the ESPLOST referendum will be on the March 1st ballot.

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