Residents on Savannah’s declining eastside supported the education sales tax extension, ESPLOST II, believing that Spencer Elementary School’s old flood-prone campus would be replaced with a beautiful, modern facility.
Families in the new growth areas of Port Wentworth went to the polls expecting that ESPLOST II would fund a new neighborhood K-8 school for their little ones.
But one year after the education sales tax was extended, the construction plans are being scaled back by $12 million because of low revenue collections. Port Wentworth and the eastside may not get the grand new schools they were hoping for. School Board Member Ruby Jones warned that they won’t be happy.
“The reason ESPLOST II passed is because people in those communities felt they were going to get new schools. Now, we’re saying Spencer and Port Wentworth are not going to get new schools,” Jones said. “It looks like a bait-and-switch.”
She was right.
“If we don’t get the schools that we were pretty much promised, this ESPLOST will be the last,” said Port Wentworth Mayor Glenn “Pig” Jones.
Most interesting news here? The Mayor of Port Wentworth, Georgia goes by the name “Pig”.