Clover Schools looking to pitch voters a $95 million bond referendum

Posted August 6, 2013 8:03 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News

This spring, voters in Fort Mill overwhelmingly approved $54 million school bond referendum — and next year, voters in the Clover School District may soon face a similar ballot measure.

Clover Schools Superintendent Mark Sosne says the district is currently reviewing a plan to pitch up to a $95 million bond referendum to fund the construction of two new schools, upgrades to Memorial Stadium and a new swimming center.

But thanks to some smart budgeting, Sosne says the district has $30 million saved in a building fund.

“We can build $85 to $95 million worth of projects because we have $30 million as a down payment to go towards this,” Sosne said. “We’ve been fortunate.”

Sosne said the bond includes building a new elementary school, as Crowders Creek Elementary is already reaching capacity. And plans also call for building a new middle school to replace what is now Clover Middle School.

That facility would likely be turned into a new ninth grade academy to help retain students in high school.

“Ninth grade is where the majority of kids drop out of school and get into trouble,” Sosne said. “We think a ninth grade academy will really help socialize those students and get them ready for grades ten through twelve.”

In addition, the bond would also provide funds for upgrading facilities at the district’s lone football stadium, putting them in compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act regulations.

And a new swimming center is also planned, one that would be built at the cost of $10 million and run by the Upper Palmetto YMCA.

The facility would be built in partnership with the non-profit similar to the Baxter YMCA.

The ballot measure could come before Clover voters as early as Spring 2014.