FAQ 2018-03-21T15:15:09+00:00

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FAQ

E-SPLOST (Education Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax) is a specific type of tax that can be used ONLY for educational purposes. A one-penny sales tax funded by anyone purchasing goods in the county, regardless of their place of residence, E-SPLOST monies are earmarked for education-specific capital improvements such as new construction, facility expansion, technology upgrades, and more.
The proposed E-SPLOST is NOT a new or additional tax. Rather it is a continuation of an existing tax that has been continuously approved by DeKalb County voters since its inception in 1997. If approved on May 24, 2016, E-SPLOST would continue for an additional five-year period: July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2022.
If approved, the E-SPLOST continuation would provide $500 million to the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) for education-specific capital improvements.

If approved, E-SPLOST funds will be allocated as follows:

  • Safety and security improvements – $15 million
  • New facilities and additions – $230 million
  • Facility condition improvements – $100 million
  • Technology improvements – $65 million
  • Buses, vehicles, and other capital equipment – $40 million
  • Management support and program contingency – $50 million
  • Replacement of aged building systems: roofing; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning; electrical; plumbing; kitchens
  • Facility condition improvements and upgrades: restrooms; building code requirements; athletic fields and play spaces; parking lots and other paved surfaces

Serving nearly 102,000 students, DeKalb County School District is the third largest in Georgia. As such, the District is responsible for 140+ sites − totaling more than 14 million square feet of space.

The E-SPLOST is essential for the District to effectively meet the teaching and learning needs of our students and teachers, and to improve communication with parents.

In 2015, the Building S.P.A.C.E.S. team conducted a comprehensive facility assessment that identified over $2 billion in necessary capital improvement needs.

Utilizing E-SPLOST funds for capital projects would enable the District to continue “to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence” (our vision) and “ensure student success, leading to higher education” (our mission).

1997 – 2002:
• constructed ten new schools
• added multi-purpose buildings at each elementary school
• modified existing facilities

2002 – 2007:
• constructed 11 new schools
• made modifications across the District including major renovations of ten middle/high schools

2007 – 2012:
• replaced one high school
• provided 12 major renovations/additions, and 140 minor renovations

2012 – 2017:
• replaced seven elementary schools and two middle/high schools
• provided five major renovations/additions
• made stadium improvements, technology upgrades, school bus purchases, and capital renewal of many facilities

Approval in May 2016 would ensure that the penny tax continues to be collected. With that knowledge, the DCSD could more aggressively plan the next building program to meet our students’ needs through June 2022.
The District has identified five specific projects (safety and security; new facilities/additions; facility improvements; technology; and transportation/equipment) complete with budget allocations for each. Within each specific project, the District has identified even more detailed initiatives. 2017-2022 E-SPLOST funds allocated for the transportation/equipment project will be used, in part, to replace and replenish an aging bus fleet. E-SPLOST funds allocated for the technology improvements project will be used, in part, to purchase systemwide technology enhancements, including an upgrade to our ERP program that will improve the operational efficiency of the District. E-SPLOST funds allocated for the safety and security project will be used, in part, to install and replenish surveillance cameras to protect District students and property. E-SPLOST funds allocated for the facility improvements project will be used, in part, to update aged building systems, including upgrading older buildings to ensure ADA compliance.

Finally, E-SPLOST funds allocated for the new facilities and additions project will be used to relieve the longstanding and critical overcrowding in the Cross Keys Cluster. Two new elementary schools were discussed at the Board’s January 26, 2016, meeting called specifically to discuss the 2017-2022 E-SPLOST project list. Additionally, as discussed — and approved — at the March 2016 Board meeting, the Board has commissioned prototype design services for two new elementary schools within the Cross Keys Cluster. As also discussed during that Board meeting, E-SPLOST funds allocated for the new facilities and additions project will be used to build those facilities to relieve overcrowding

Yes. Public meetings regarding the Secondary School Facility Planning and Feasibility Study will take place March – June 2016. Additionally, a public meeting will be held July 2016 to present systems data and project selection criteria. Finally, five regional meetings to discuss details of a draft project list will be held in September 2016.

The E-SPLOST is the primary source of funding for the construction, upgrades, and maintenance of quality school facilities for students. Without this source of funds, the District will be limited in its ability to provide new schools and maintain existing schools.

Further, the E-SPLOST has historically been a key funding source for ensuring that educational technology for students and teachers is consistently updated. Without this source of funds, the District will be limited in its ability to keep pace with the rapidly evolving technological landscape.

Therefore, the E-SPLOST is essential for the District to continue to effectively meet the teaching and learning needs of our students and to improve communication with parents.