Public forum on SPLOST tonight at Fort Middle School

The Muscogee County School District will hold a public forum on the proposed Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Fort Middle School on Woodruff Farm Road.

The district is beginning the campaign for another SPLOST to help prepare for growth expected when the U.S. Army relocates the Armor School from Fort Knox, Ky., to Fort Benning. Base Realignment and Closure growth is expected to bring about 4,300 students to Muscogee County schools in the next two fiscal years.

The tentative project list totals about $223 million and includes additions to Northside High and Richards Middle, technology and athletics upgrades across the district and five new schools: a new Carver High, a new middle school, two new elementary schools and a fine arts academy.

The proposed election date is Sept. 15. A special election would cost about $100,000.

The system is holding nine public forums on the SPLOST, one for each school board district and one at-large forum. The district has held five forums. The next forum will be at 6:30 p.m. on April 30 at Kendrick High School.