School Board to endorse sales tax hike Tues.

By Barry Merrill

Tribune Publisher

Bulldozers will be at work clearing the way for a new Southern Wayne High School gym virtually the day after Wayne County passes a sales tax referendum.

That was the confident prediction of Wayne County Schools administration after an informal discussion last Thursday between Wayne School Board members, Wayne County Commissioners, and school administrators. The three groups agreed to push forward to get the local sales tax referendum passed with promises to build the Southern Wayne gym.

School Board Chairman Patricia Burden agreed to hold a special School Board meeting today (Tues.) expressly to get the endorsement of her board for the sales tax referendum. She hopes for a unanimous vote of her board in favor of establishing a revenue stream that can address the Southern Wayne project, as well as start funding other needs around the county.

While requests for bids went out recently on both a new full competition gym, locker rooms and bathrooms, and a classroom addition at Southern Wayne, commissioners said they could not fund both the gym and classrooms with other needs in the county. They reversed an earlier decision that they would only fund classrooms at Southern Wayne. School Board members accepted that decision.

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