District Five Voters Pass $295 Million Bond Referendum
Spartanburg District Five voters overwhelmingly approved a $295 million dollar bond referendum in Tuesday’s election, with approximately 84% voting in favor of the ballot measure. The referendum, which is the largest in District Five history, will help the district accommodate enormous growth in student enrollment.
“With this resounding approval, our voters have said ‘yes’ to investing in the future for our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Randall Gary.
Voter approval of the “no tax increase” referendum now enables District Five to borrow beyond its state-allowed debt limit. By doing so, the district can proceed with an ambitious growth plan, that includes building new schools, while renovating or adding on to existing campuses. “I want to personally thank those who worked so hard to make this referendum a success, especially our voters,” said Dr. Gary. “This vote means we can move forward quickly to meet the needs of our 21st century learners.”
The referendum comes at a critical time in the history of District Five Schools. In the 2021-22 school year, District Five experienced its single largest enrollment increase in its history, with nearly 800 more new students filling district classrooms, compared to last year.
The district’s growth plan calls for two brand new schools, one elementary and one middle, increasing the total number of schools in District Five from 12 to 14. It also includes several other key improvements: rebuilding and increasing the capacity of Wellford Academy (the district’s oldest elementary school), increasing the capacity of Reidville Elementary School, and renovating and completing several new additions to the Byrnes High School campus. Finally, the plan would eliminate the intermediate school concept, converting current intermediate schools into new campuses, and moving the district towards a more traditional elementary (Kindergarten-5th grade) and middle school (6th-8th grade) structure.
More details on the referendum, including future updates on construction and progress of projects, can be found at on the Bond Referendum page of this website.