In addition to an interesting Presidential Election ahead this November, voters in Lexington/Richland School District Five will be asked a question about our schools.

As always, I’d like you to be informed with what’s going on in our community. Please take time to visit the district’s site and review their proposal. There have been several community events sharing this information and the District 5 School Board has approved placing the referendum on the ballot.


Shall the Board of Trustees of School District No. 5 of Lexington County and Richland County, South Carolina (the “School District”) be empowered to issue, at one time or from time to time, general obligation bonds of the School District, in the principal amount of not exceeding $240,000,000, the proceeds of which shall be used to finance the costs (including architectural, engineering, legal and related fees) of acquiring land, constructing, improving, equipping, expanding, renovating and repairing school facilities within the School District as follows:

Secure Vestibule Entrances at the following schools:

Ballentine Elementary School,
Chapin Elementary School,
Dutch Fork Elementary School,
H. E. Corley Elementary School,
Chapin Intermediate School,
CrossRoads Intermediate School,
Irmo Middle School,
Chapin High School,
Spring Hill High School,
Irmo High School,
Adult Education, and
Academy For Success;

Upgrade security cameras at all district facilities;

New Dutch Fork Elementary School;

Renovate Dutch Fork Elementary School into Richlex Educational Center;

Renovations and Reconditioning CrossRoads Intermediate, Dutch Fork High, Dutch Fork Middle, Harbison West Elementary, Irmo High, Irmo Middle, Nursery Road Elementary and Seven Oaks Elementary;

Renovation (Enclosing Classroom Walls) at Harbison West Elementary School and Nursery Road Elementary School;

Elementary Classroom Wings at Chapin Elementary School and Lake Murray Elementary School;

Digital Solutions and Artificial Intelligence Lab at Dutch Fork High School;

Small Business Incubator and Student Center at Irmo High School;

Administrative and Professional Development Building;

Construction Workforce Development Lab at Center for Advanced Technical Studies;

Fine Arts Center Auditorium at Chapin High School; and

If funds remain after completion of all the projects listed above, covered practice pavilions at Chapin High School, Dutch Fork High School and Irmo High School