Some residents and at least one Berkeley County School Board member say they want to know more about why the district recently passed another $53 million dollar bond just months after voters agreed to a $198 million bond back in November.
At Tuesday night's schools board meeting, 2 of the 3 citizens who spoke during public comments asked about the new $53 million bond. One citizen asked, "This bond referendum that's been passed, why wasn't the $53 million included in that?"
They weren't the only people asking questions about why the additional money is needed for district schools. School board member Phillip Obie says he believed the $53 million the board voted on three weeks ago was the first part of the $198 million bond voters approved in November.
Obie said, "I was under the assumption, like most people in the county, that the $198 million included all of the funds that were needed for the project. We went out in the community and asked the folks for support and they passed it."
Obie proposed a motion to delay the $53 million bond, but his motion was denied because the topic was not on the agenda.
Board member Obie plans to ask to have the topic put on the agenda for the June 25th board meeting.