Referendum Frequently Asked Questions
The following FAQs regarding the District’s proposed Facilities Plan has been provided for information purposes
The plan is to build a brand new $95 million Boiling Springs High School (BSHS) on 34 acres near the present building, renovate the current BSHS to house our freshmen, at a cost of about $19 million, and do about $5 million in renovations to current athletics facilities including the stadium, baseball and softball complexes, and the tennis courts.
All of the revenue the District receives from the current debt service millage is designated for buildings and equipment. Those funds amount to about $9.5 million annually and are adequate to make the payments on the loan to fund this project while taking care of ongoing facility and equipment needs in the District.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation indicates the three entrances that serve the current BSHS would be enough to handle the traffic that would come with more students. That study also showed that no other road improvements would have to be made for the project to move forward.
However, the District is exploring the possibilities to add a fourth entrance onto the combined BSHS and BSH 9 campus. The exact traffic pattern of the campus is still being planned, but student, parent, and staff safety are of the utmost importance.
The District recently took the step of permanently placing a Spartanburg County Deputy at the entrance of BSHS to assist with traffic during drop off and dismissal times.
The current projection is to construct a building with nearly 280,000 square feet which is more than the current square footage of BSHS by almost a third. The building will likely be two-stories. With the renovation of the current BSHS into space for the 9th graders, there will be enough space to meet growth in student population numbers for years to come.
Yes. If the referendum passes, the architects will begin working with the Fine Arts faculty at BSHS to design a facility that will meet student needs and provide a quality venue for practice and performances.
If the referendum passes, the projection is for 9th graders to begin classes at what is now BSHS in the fall of 2020.
The campus of BS9 encompasses more than 70 acres in the heart of Boiling Springs. That property will likely be sold under the guidance of the Board of Trustees to bring a quality development to the citizens of our community. The money from the sale of the property could be used to move the District’s maintenance and transportation departments which are currently housed on that land. Funds from the sale could also be used to help relocate the Upstate Family Resource Center, which is a valuable asset to so many across our District.
The remaining funds would be used to pay down a significant portion of the loan used to build the new BSHS.
Spartanburg Two is committed to providing quality facilities for all of its students regardless of where they live in our District.
In just the past few years the District has invested more than $33 million dollars in the Chesnee community including the construction of a brand new Chesnee Elementary School on Fairfield Road; a six-classroom addition, softball field and resurfacing of the track at Chesnee Middle; a new gymnasium with a weight lifting room, wrestling practice area, locker rooms, training room and concessions, an 11-classroom addition including a STEAM Academy, a football ticket booth/restrooms facility, state-of-the-art auditorium, Fine Arts wing, and JROTC classrooms at Chesnee High School.
Boiling Springs High School currently has multiple lacrosse and soccer teams in addition to the football team that use the field at Bulldog stadium. Our coaches do an incredible job of maintaining the field despite constant usage year-round.
However, we feel that artificial turf will provide a consistent, safe playing surface for all of our athletes. It will also require significantly less maintenance for our staff.
With natural turf the field has to be given time to heal after a game; that is not the case with artificial turf; it can withstand constant usage. That means additional groups like the Marching Band and perhaps community groups will be able to use the field.
It will have a core capable of accommodating 2,000 students.
That is to be determined with further input from the fine arts staff; their first conversations spoke of a 600-seat venue knowing we still have the 1,000 seat auditorium at Boiling Springs Middle for certain events. The philosophy expressed by members of their staff was it would not be so large as to make an event that attracts perhaps 450 spectators from feeling like no one is there in the midst of many empty seats. That would also be adequate to seat one class of the student body.
Preliminary estimates are for 2,000 in the main gym and 250 in the auxiliary gym.
We currently have a civil engineer working with a surveying company and the architects to determine the best overall use of the available land including not only practice fields, but location of the new building, driveways, parking lots and athletic fields.
The District owns several pieces of property that could conceivably be used for transportation, maintenance and the Upstate Family Resource Center (12 acres at Holden’s Chapel, 110 acres on Old Furnace Road near the District Office, 5 acres on Alabama Avenue behind the old Chesnee Elementary School and 41 acres on Foster Road near Hwy 221.).
Is the school going to built in a manner that should additions be required 30 or 40 years from now it can be done so in an orderly fashion?
Yes, although future school boards may need to decide at what point Boiling Springs is large enough and other options would need to be considered.
It would require the District to remodel and renovate those two areas, especially the replacement of the HVAC system, adding significantly to the cost of the project that would have no use since the freshman class is generally about 600 students. Even with those wings gone, there is still much space available for growth in student population. The cost to remove the wings is included in the project.
However, this, too, is somewhat preliminary and could be changed if in the process of completing the engineering studies of the building it is determined that we can mothball those wings and protect them with a certain amount of HVAC, the plan could be amended.
If there was a plan to build a new school for 5 years what was the reason for expanding the cafeteria at the high school?
There was not a plan for five years; the District has been working with the issue for over a decade and to this point, renovation and additions have been the most cost effective. The remodeling in the kitchen and cafeteria as well as the media center and auxiliary gym additions were quite necessary and will continue to be of value to the students and staff at BSH-9 in partnership with the high school.
This is preliminary, but our estimate is 300 spaces.
The Board of Trustees has hired Jumper Carter Sease to be the architects and Thompson Turner to be in charge of construction. They are the same two firms who designed and built our recently completed Shoally Creek Elementary School. As with that project, they plan to involve local, experienced subcontractors as much as possible.