11/7/18 ABSS, ACC education bonds pass

ABSS, ACC education bonds pass
By Jessica Williams, The Times-News 11/7/18    
Reprinted with permission.      

With nearly 50 percent of votes counted, it seemed that the Alamance County education bonds passed in a landslide Tuesday, Nov. 6. The results of the sales tax increase were too close to call.

According to unofficial results as of 10 p.m.:

• Alamance-Burlington Schools’ $150 million bond passed with 31,561 votes for and 14,120 against;

• and Alamance Community College’s $39.6 million bond passed with 29,838 for and 15,593 against.

What does this mean for the schools?

For ABSS, it means a new $70 million high school to be constructed in the eastern part of the county.

It also means the district’s six high schools — as well as Pleasant Grove Elementary School and South Mebane Elementary School — will split $80 million for renovations, additions and specialized programs.

For ACC, it means a new Biotechnology Center of Excellence, Public Safety Training Center, Student Services Learning and Development Center and 400-space multilevel parking deck.

The college will also renovate classrooms, update technology, expand and upgrade the current childcare facility and establish two satellite locations in the eastern and western portions of the county, increasing access for students who don’t live near the main campus in Graham.

With the election over, detailed planning can finally begin.