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Pender looking for input on $75M school bond plan


PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- The Pender County School Board wants to put an end to overcrowding and outdated school buildings.

The school board has proposed a multi-million-dollar bond to help. That could mean a tax increase, but some say it would money well spent.

"It's not just about one small area, or one small community," Pender County parent Penelope Trammell said.

Trammell says the problems in Pender County Schools are a countywide issue.

She's worried her youngest child won't be able to spend kindergarten through eighth grade at penderlea, because without renovations the school may become K-5.

"She said, 'Mommy, do I get to do this when I'm in 8th grade?' And I said, 'honey, it depends on what your board decides,'" Trammell said.

The school board proposed a $75 million bond to help with some of these problems, but board member Tom Roper says this could affect tax payers.

"It could be the combination of a tax increase," Roper said. "It could potentially add a small percentage to the sales tax."

Trammell says as a taxpayer, yes, she's a little concerned

"To ask if it's worth it, you're asking are the children of our county worth it?" she said.

So the school board wants to open the floor to the public.

"To let them be aware of all of the thought processes behind the projects, the details of the projects, the scope of the projects, the timeline and the need behind doing these projects," Roper said.

Roper encourages anyone who has comments or concerns to attend public input meetings this week. The first meeting is tonight at 6 p.m. at Heide Trask High School in Rocky Point. A second meeting is tomorrow at Topsail High School and a third Thursday at Pender High. Each of those meetings starts at 6 p.m.

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