ATLANTA (Nov. 8, 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 struggling economy and scandals in several schools systems, this outcome shows residents have yet to vote down an education sales tax. The education 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, applauded Tuesday’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.
A supporter of the tax, Anthony “A.J.” Joiner, an entrepreneur and resident of the Edgewood Park/Little 5 Points area was quoted in the AJC’s story.
“Although the cheating scandal was a black eye for the Atlanta Public Schools, the kids still need the best facilities,” Joiner said. “It’s our responsibility, in my opinion, to look at the bigger picture. We have to keep the issues separate and keep what’s best for the kids in mind. That is why I voted yes.”