FLOWOOD, MS (WJTV) – Parents, teachers, and Rankin County School leaders gathered at Northwest Rankin High School for a bond meeting.
Kristin Windham, with the school district, said they haven’t had an increase in 16 years, and need a tax increase to make much-needed facility improvements.
“We have some facilities that need updating,” said Windam. “It’s just to get everybody on an equitable playing field academically and with their facilities up to date.”
The biggest issues the school district looks to fix: more classroom space to get students out of trailers, adding more career academy programs, and possibly adding a new high school in the NorthWest Rankin zone.
“They do have a lot of growth they are our largest zone and they need a new school.”
Windham said the estimated tax increase would be a $5 a month for $100,000 home. Over the holidays leaders will come up with a bond proposal that the board will vote on in January and then people will vote on it in March. The district hasn’t come up with a bond amount, but the max they can ask for is $185 million.