Bond issue vote next week
Kemper County voters will go to the polls Thursday, August 5, to decide on a $12 million bond issue for a new upper elementary school.
Voters may cast their votes at the Kemper County High School basketball gym. The election will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It will take 60 percent of the vote for the measure to pass.
If you are going to be out of town on election day, the Kemper County Circuit Clerk’s office will be open Saturday until noon for you to vote absentee. If you have received a mail-in ballot, it must be post marked by election day to count.
The building will be located on land currently used as the football practice behind the Kemper County High School gym. It will face west. It is one floor with wings running off a central hall.
The new school will house approximately 320 students. It will consist of 16 state-of-the art classrooms. It will also have four specialty classrooms, an art room, a music room, a self-contained classroom and a gifted classroom.
There will be a multi-purpose room and a school cafeteria.
In the center of the new school will also an administrative area located which include offices and support areas. There will be a receptionist area at the entrance of the building so traffic in and out of the building can be monitored. There is also a teacher’s workroom, a nurses station and storage area.
There will be covered walkways at the drop-off areas for students who come by car and those who ride the bus.
“This is not a situation of us saying, ‘hey, we want a new school,’” said superintendent Hulite Hudson said. “You have two elementary schools. One was built in 1961 and the other built in 1967. We are talking about being in need of a new school.