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Catoosa County Public Schools will host a Community Engagement Meeting in the Colonnade Theater on October 1, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to listen to community priorities for the fifth Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (ESPLOST).

ESPLOST is the penny sales tax on all consumer purchases in Catoosa County. In Georgia, property owners are responsible for providing public education for the county’s children. ESPLOST shifts the full responsibility from property owners because anyone who shops, eats, or buys gas in Catoosa County is contributing to building and maintaining safe schools and purchasing technology and buses.

Superintendent Reese said, “You can’t buy much with a penny anymore, but when we put all our pennies together we can provide safe, clean, and well-maintained schools, new classrooms, technology, and safe buses. This is why I call ESPLOST the ‘Power of Pennies.’”

ESPLOST pennies have built five schools in Catoosa County. The system has added classrooms, renovated schools, and maintained existing schools. ESPLOST pennies have also been used to purchase buses so the school system maintains safe transportation for our children. With ESPLOST IV, the system began improving security and surveillance in schools, and every classroom received a 21st century technology package that included an interactive white board, projector, and teacher laptop.

Superintendent Reese commented, “Based on community input from our strategic plan survey, this community expects safety and technology to be our highest priorities. I am pleased we could begin improving school safety and providing 21st century technology with ESPLOST IV. We plan to continue these initiatives with ESPLOST V.”

Mrs. Reese also discussed the Board of Education’s commitment to facility equitability. She said, “Our Board is committed to facility equitability because parents want to know that the school their child is zoned to attend is equitable with other schools in the county. We are fortunate to have ESPLOST pennies to maintain equitable facilities.”

She added, “Our schools also require routine maintenance that has been funded with ESPLOST pennies instead of property tax dollars. We have seventeen schools, and seven buildings are over fifty years old. With almost 1.9 million square feet in facilities, we have roofing, painting, and HVAC projects every year. ESPLOST pennies fund these projects to maintain the community’s investment in facilities.”

The Board of Education will receive input from citizens at the Community Engagement Meeting on October 1, 2015, to evaluate projects to include in ESPLOST V. ESPLOST V will be on the ballot on March 1, 2016.


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