Cobb County says it is going to need to renew a special local option sales tax for education, also known a Ed-SPLOST, because its school district says it’s expecting a lot more students in the next few years.
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The Cobb County School District’s latest projections show more children are being born in the county right now, which will mean in a few years, schools will need to make room for them.
The county has their eye on Campbell, Osborne, Pebblebrook and Wheeler High Schools, and Campbell, Dickerson, Dodgen, Griffin, and Lovinggood Middle Schools, as areas around these schools are showing some of the biggest growth.
The current Ed-SPLOST expires at the end of 2018, while the new version would fund projects starting in 2019. Deputy Superintendent John Adams says that money will be needed to build more classrooms.
Cobb County voters will decide whether to renew the Ed-SPLOST in a referendum on March 21.