‘Rally for the Referendum’ meetings announced by Students First

February 5, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Five “Rally for the Referendum” informational meetings have been scheduled for later this month in the Florence One Schools district area.

The dates are Feb. 18, Feb. 19, Feb. 20, Feb. 21 and Feb. 25.

The meetings will be sponsored by Students First, a 501(c)4 organization set up to promote “yes” votes for a Feb. 26 Florence One Schools bond referendum.

If the referendum proposal passes, it would raise $198 million to build a new Savannah Grove Elementary School, Southside Middle School, Williams Middle School and a combined Timrod Elementary School and Wallace Gregg Elementary School. The funds also would pay for renovating the three high schools – South Florence, West Florence and Wilson – adding security improvements, classrooms and new gyms to the schools.

The purpose of the rallies, according to Students First, is to make certain that voters receive accurate information concerning the bond referendum, have a chance to have questions answered and know the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

Each of the five “Rally for the Referendum” events will start at 6:30 p.m. The sites:

>> Monday, Feb. 18: Palmetto Street Church of God, 3132 W. Palmetto St.

>> Tuesday, Feb. 19: Christian Assembly Church, 401 Pamplico Highway.

>> Wednesday, Feb. 20: Greater Gethsemane Apolostic Church, 1532 E. Old Marion Highway.

>> Thursday, Feb, 21: Savannah Grove Baptist Church, 2620 Alligator Road.

>> Monday, Feb. 25: House of God Church, 115 Wilson Road.

“These community meetings are being planned in order to provide the public with as much information and clarity about the upcoming referendum as we can,” Robert LeMaster, chairman of the Students First steering committee, said in a news release. “It is critical that we all make a well-educated decision. The future of our school district and our community is too important to do otherwise. We are hoping for a big turnout.”

The agenda for each of the community meetings will include information about WHY the district is requesting this bond issue, HOW the money will be spent and the WHAT THE OTHER BENEFITS that will come from this money are.

Since the rallies are spread out across the district, the specific schools served within the individual neighborhood of the rally can receive particular focus, including mock-ups of the proposed new buildings and visuals of current conditions.

Students First is registered with the South Carolina Secretary of State. For more information, contact StudentsFirstFlorence@gmail.com.

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