In the midst of an “interesting” campaign season, Michael Goodmon, Capital Broadcasting, talked about the flip side of this year’s ballot for Durham County. Introduced by Bill Ingram, Goodmon explained the 2016 Durham County Education Bonds ballot initiative. He said that “Durham has a history of getting things done when they need to be done. The city is booming but there’s lots more we need to do.”
Goodmon said that the four initiatives totaling nearly $170 million are all about education. $90 million to build a new Northern High School and deal with deferred maintenance issues. For the library, most will go to the Main Branch where they want to create a space for people to gather and learn. Speaking of the Museum of Life and Science as “our gem,” he said that it draws people from all over the state and beyond and is in need expansion to deal with its success. He said that “we don’t talk about Durham Tech enough and that its portion will help it to expand its role in broadening the skill sets of our workforce. Gordon then called on his experts to speak of the four initiatives.
Bert L’Homme, Superintendent of Schools, said that in addition to the new High School renovations to other schools, including Eno Valley Elementary, will improve security, operational and energy efficiency.
Tammy Baggert, Library Director, spoke of transforming the Main Branch of the Library with a new expanded facility. She said that architect’s renderings are available on the library’s web site.
Julie Rigby, Development Director of the Museum of Life and Science, said that the new parking deck, renovation of space, additional classrooms and exhibit space as well as exhibit maintenance will allow the museum to better handle the large numbers of visitors that they see.
Goodmon wrapped up by saying that the group has gained a number of endorsements and will have their web site live on Wednesday of this week. He reminded all to Turn Over the Ballot!
Submitted by Doug Butler