Why should you support this bond?
Higher education is also in need of improvements to stay current with employer demands. By 2020, 67 percent of North Carolina jobs are projected to require post-secondary education. Investing in Alamance Community College is critical for the recruitment and retention of business and industry in Alamance County.
How much have Alamance County school populations grown, and what is the anticipated need in the near future?
Over the next few years, the number of students attending our high schools is projected to grow rapidly due to new housing developments already approved or under construction. This will put an additional strain on our capacity.
For example, in the rapidly growing Southern district, the high school is over-capacity by nearly 400 students—in fact, some students have to eat lunch outside because of overcrowding, even in the winter. In Mebane, approved housing developments will soon add over 300 more students to Eastern, which is already more than 280 students over capacity.
Additionally, Alamance Community College serves approximately 15,000 adults each year, or about one in six adults in Alamance County. It is on target to experience a growth in enrollment of 16% in the next 7 years. The main campus is more than 40 years old. Critical programs supporting health care, science and business industries are being taught in outdated facilities.
What kinds of improvements do schools in Alamance County need?
The Community College Bond (ACC Bond) would allow Alamance Community College to create a facility for its Biotechnology Center for Excellence, as well as a Public Safety Training Center, a new Student Services Learning and Development Center, and satellite locations. Click here to see the full ACC facilities plan.
Why do better facilities matter?
The School Bond (ABSS Bond) will help with the expansion of high school facilities, including a number of new classrooms, cafeteria expansions, and new science and technical education labs. The success of new science laboratories at Graham High School, built in 2017 with grant funding, are a great example of how improved facilities can improve students’ lives and better prepare them for economic success in the future. It is important that all students have these opportunities.
For every $1 invested in Alamance Community College, the county receives a return on investment of $4.40, with ACC’s annual economic impact totaling $200 million.
What is the re-districting plan, and how does the bond support it?
These unique programs will help better prepare our students for careers and post-secondary education and allow many more choices for all students at the high school level. In addition, the approved redistricting plan is the most efficient way to make the most of our existing high school facilities while managing population growth and providing students with new opportunities.
What is the procedure for the bond process?
- The Commissioners set priorities based on citizen concerns and recommendations from school entities. They then selected bond issues and amounts.
- The County then filed an application with the NC Local Government Commission for the authority to issue bonds.
- The Commissioners held a public hearing to receive citizen input on the proposal to issue bonds. Based on citizen comments, Commissioners may remove items or lower dollar amounts.
- A bond referendum is held for citizens to vote and decide on each of the specific issues on the bond ballot. If the voters reject a bond issue, the project may not be funded as planned. If voters approve one or both of the bond referendums in November of 2018, the County can move forward with funding proposed projects.
Is the bond the best way to meet the needs for education?
It’s important to note that the schools also continue to diligently pursue grant opportunities for instructional initiatives, such as the $1.5 million Golden Leaf Grant to create a biotech career pipeline at Graham High School. They are also looking at cost-savings initiatives to help pay for needed upgrades to mechanical and lighting systems as part of the construction process.
Who will administer the bonds?
Where can I find out more about voter registration and where to vote?
- Am I registered to vote at my current address?
- I’m just now old enough to vote, how do I even begin the registration process?
- Where do I go to vote?
Click here to visit the Alamance County Board of Elections website to find out more information about the voting process. The deadline to register to Vote 3 for Education is October 12th. Don’t miss your opportunity to improve education for everyone in community! To get started, click here to access the North Carolina Voter Registration Forms.