Since 1997, the DeKalb County School District has utilized Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) funds as the primary source for its capital improvement programs. On November 8, 2011, DeKalb County voters approved the District’s fourth SPLOST program. It is anticipated that approximately $496 million will be available to fund the District’s 2012-2017 Capital Improvement Program through the utilization of the approved SPLOST funds in conjunction with the State of Georgia’s Capital Outlay Program.
In 2012 B&D, in conjunction with URS Corporation, was selected as program manager for all projects associated with the District’s SPLOST IV Program. Our team oversees the management of the program documentation, assists with the implementation of all hard copy documentation to an electronic platform (CMS), and manages the District and contractor interaction, procurement, implementation, and closeout for projects. Between 2012 and 2018, our team is managing nearly 200 projects. Additionally, our team is leading the effort for applying for reimbursement funds from the State of Georgia, which will generate an additional $40 million over the duration of the program for projects not originally in the SPLOST IV program.
Much of the Capital Improvements Program includes new construction and major renovations of elementary, middle, and high schools. The District will contract the installation of synthetic turf, replace lighting at stadiums, and refresh existing technology equipment and infrastructure. At various schools, improvements will occur to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Also, some scope items require allocating funds to the Local School Priority Request program, which allows each school to make its own capital improvement.