SMITHFIELD–Two Johnston County school bond referendums, totaling $76 million, won by wide margins Tuesday.
Johnston County Public School wants $61 million for school improvements across the district. Earlier this year, the school board spent $800,000 to meet security needs. The expenditure was in response to the Feb. 9 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, in which 17 people were killed and 15 were injured.The board wants to install security vestibules at 39 campuses across the county. The bond referendum passed 40,126 (64%) to 22,581 (36%).
Johnston Community College wants a $15 million bond to design and build a 35,000 square-foot building to support its associate in engineering program and science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Leftover funds will be used for college renovation and expansion needs. The bond referendum passed 38,770 (62%) to 23,751 (38%).