Muscogee County School Board approves redevelopment referendum

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - It was unanimous for the Muscogee County school board Monday night, September 15, agreeing to team up with the city of Columbus in giving a boost to under-developed areas. This comes just seven weeks before the public will vote on the Redevelopment of Powers Law.

"We see this as certainly being beneficial to the school district in terms of the redevelopment and see it as a good thing for the entire city," explains Muscogee County Superintendent, Dr. David Lewis.

This law encourages the re-development of poor areas in the region by creating a Tax Allocation District. TAD allows local governments to spend newly created property tax revenue in specifically designated areas to improve infrastructure.

"There is a specific criteria in order for a specific area to be considered for this particular law," says school board member, Rob Varner.

The tax referendum failed in the City of Columbus seven years ago.

Lewis describes the potential of this law as a win-win.

"We continue to receive the valuation all the way through then incrementally as the property appreciates, assuming that happens, then we will get that increased valuation as the end of the period," explains Lewis.

The board also approved a tribunal's findings to let a former Rothschild Middle School teacher go.

According to testimony from district witnesses, Laquita Buckner was put on a professional growth plan, due to her lack of professionalism and performance.

The tribunal decided not to renew Buckner's contract for the 2014 school year.

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