• The Power of a Penny

    On November 3, 2015, the voters of Bibb County approved a renewal of the Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST) by 75 percent to help continue making improvements to our school district for another 5 years.

    This is the fourth ESPLOST campaign by the Bibb County School District, with previous campaigns in 2000, 2005, and 2010. The renewal of the 1 percent sales tax will allow the Bibb County School District to fund Capital Program projects at District facilities throughout Bibb County. The 2015 ESPLOST is projected to collect about $150 million. A recent study by the Georgia Tech Research Institute found that more than 70 percent of sales tax funds are collected from non-Bibb County residents.

    Previous ESPLOST campaigns have allowed the District to fund new schools such as Heard Elementary, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary, Northwoods Academy, Howard Middle and High, Southwest High, Ingram-Pye Elementary, Central High, Ballard-Hudson Middle, Bruce Elementary, Alexander II Magnet, Rutland Middle and High, Skyview Elementary, Vineville Academy, and more; facility improvements and upgrades; athletic improvements and upgrades; technology infrastructure improvements; security enhancements; and more. An overview of projects funded by ESPLOST campaigns is below.
    For more information about the ESPLOST Oversight Committee, click here.
    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary ESPLOST Goals:

    •Although some are school-specific, the majority of the projects will involve and improve facilities and services district wide.
    •More efficient buildings, facilities and vehicles mean reduced maintenance and operations costs.
    •Security improvements increase safety on our campuses.
    •State-of-the-art technology devices and software provide the tools needed for today’s learning environments.
    •All BCSD students will benefit.
    Projects to be Funded by the 2016 ESPLOST:

    •New Facility for Northeast High and Appling Middle: Replacement Facility $45,000,000
    •Technology Improvements $22,183,320
    •Classroom Tools for every classroom including Audio Enhancement & Camera
    •Upgrade District Wireless Access

    •Playground Equipment for 20 Elementary Schools $1,700,000
    •Security Improvements S $4,011,050
    •District-Wide Access Control Key Card Access to each school
    •Gym Air Conditioning $1,260,000
    •13 Elementary
    •5 Middle Schools
    •Classroom Furniture $3,000,000
    •Replace old, broken, non-functional furniture at every school
    •High School Auditoriums $18,000,000
    •Rutland High
    •Westside High
    •Lighting improvements at existing auditoriums
    •School Renovations $23,020,081
    •Hartley, Lane, Skyview, Taylor Elementary & Weaver Middle
    •Transportation/Campus Police Facility $5,000,000

    •Athletic Improvements $1,000,000
    •Thompson Track
    •Practice Field Improvements at Middle and High Schools
    •Surplus Property Blight $500,000
    •Hall, Butler, Neal
    •Land / Property Acquisition $500,000
    •Charter School Projects

    Superintendent Shares Benefits of Classroom Audio-Visual Equipment from Bibb Schools on Vimeo.

    Progress of Projects Funded By the 2010 ESPLOST:

    Total funds collected: $176,129,000
    Five new elementary schools
    ES #1/Heard Elementary – Complete
    ES #2/Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary – Complete
    ES #3/Veterans Elementary – Under construction – Aug 2016 open
    ES #4/Bloomfield MS-Southfield ES Conversion – Complete
    ES #5 – removed
    Renovating 11 locations
    Williams Elementary – Complete
    Union Elementary – Complete
    Brookdale Elementary – Complete
    Carter Elementary – Complete
    Westside High/Rutland High Gym AC – Complete
    King Danforth – Replaced with New School
    Miller Middle – Complete
    Appling Middle – On hold pending a replacement facility
    Alexander II – In design
    Burke Elementary – Complete
    Maintenance/Warehouse – In progress
    Complete: Athletic improvements at six high schools and seven middle schools
    Complete: Technology upgrades District-wide
    Complete: Transportation Upgrades
    Completed Projects Funded By the 2005 ESPLOST:
    Total funds collected: $174,969,000

    New schools and facilities:

    •Northwoods Academy
    •Ingram-Pye Elementary
    •Ballard-Hudson Middle
    •Central High
    •Howard High
    •Southwest High

    Facility Improvements and Upgrades:
    •Rutland High Field House
    •Thompson Stadium
    •Hartley Elementary
    •Springdale Elementary
    •Appling Middle
    •Northeast High

    Additional Classrooms and Wings:

    •King-Danforth Elementary
    •Springdale Elementary
    •Miller Middle
    •Weaver Middle

    Completed Projects Funded By the 2000 ESPLOST:
    Total funds collected: $143,754,000

    New schools and facilities built:

    •Alexander II Magnet
    •Bruce Elementary
    •Burdell Hunt Magnet
    •Heritage Elementary
    •Skyview Elementary
    •Taylor Elementary
    •Vineville Academy
    •Bloomfield Middle
    •Howard Middle
    •Rutland Middle
    •Hutchings Career Center
    •Rutland High
    •Central Kitchen

    Facility Improvements and Upgrades:

    •Barden Elementary
    •Burghard Elementary
    •Jones Elementary
    •Lane Elementary
    •Riley Elementary
    •Williams Elementary
    •Northeast High

    Additional Classrooms and Wings:

    •Barden Elementary
    •Bernd Elementary
    •Burghard Elementary
    •Hartley Elementary
    •Jones Elementary
    •Lane Elementary
    •Morgan Elementary
    •Porter Elementary
    •Rice Elementary
    •Riley Elementary
    •Skyview Elementary
    •Appling Middle
Last Modified on May 17, 2016