E-SPLOST Vote Good News for Metro Atlanta Students, Teachers

By Todd McCarty, director of marketing, Carter

ATLANTA (Nov. 16, 2011) – Voters across metro Atlanta approved the extension of the penny sales tax for education, and that’s good news for students and teachers who will get new and updated buildings and facilities.

Despite the tough economy, this outcome shows how important public schools are to metro Atlanta and Georgia residents. In fact, voters have yet to vote down an education sales tax. The education special-purpose local-option sales tax, or E-SPLOST –  will infuse $3.2 billion over the next five years into schools in Atlanta, Buford and Decatur, as well as Cherokee, DeKalb, Douglas, Fulton, Gwinnett and Henry counties.

Carter’s K-12 education team, led by Senior Vice President Danny Jardine, left, applauded last week’s vote.

A former assistant superintendent for Support Services at Cobb County Schools, Jardine understands the importance of updating educational facilities, avoiding overcrowded classrooms and providing innovating solutions to facilitate student success. The K-12 team draws on more than 35 years of experience in planning, programming and management of 150 projects comprising $3.5 billion in value. The teams’ recent projects include extensive work with Enid Public Schools in Oklahoma and The Lovett School in Atlanta.

According to a story by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, educators and school administrators agreed passing the tax proved education is a top priority for metro Atlanta.



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