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Voters to decide on $54.4M Davie Co. school bond referendum in May

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MOCKSVILLE, N.C. -- Voters in Davie County will once again take up a $54.4 million school bond referendum on May 6.

Voters overwhelmingly rejected referendums in 2003 and 2007 that called for Davie High School to be renovated and a new high school to be built near Advance.

This latest bond referendum calls for one new high school, for the entire county, to be built on 53 acres on Farmington Road between Mocksville and Advance.

“I graduate from Davie and so did my parents," said Erica Bost, a former teacher and now a full-time stay at home mom, who volunteers with the group One New Davie High.

The group is trying to drum up voter support for the bonds that will help alleviate overcrowding at the school and add facilities Davie High School currently doesn't have.

“Several of the sports teams have to leave campus to play and practice. There is nowhere in the school for all the students to congregate,” Bost said.

The student population is almost 1,800 students, which is 600 more than the school was built for in 1956.

If voters approve the bonds the current high school would be renovated into administration offices, with older facilities torn down for a community recreation complex.

“I think it's a matter of everyone coming together and seeing what's best for the kids involved,” said parent Annie Lawson.

A group of residents against the bonds called Education First worry a new school would put the county in deeper debt while raising taxes 11.5 cents. Leaders of the group who declined to be interviewed said the school system's elementary and middle schools have $45 million in needs right now.

“It's politics in the county,” said resident Roger Davis. “Even though my taxes may go up I'm still all for it.”