Clayton County voters approved a new SPLOST for schools on Tuesday.

Clayton County voters give enthusiastic thumbs up for schools SPLOST

Clayton voters overwelmingly approved a new SPLOST to raise $280 million over five years for schools.

Around 77 percent of voters approved the SPLOST, which the district says will fund three new schools, replace old buses, update HVAC systems and set aside money for an early learning system to serve Clayton preschoolers who are not in pre-K programs.

The funding also will be used to create a career and college-prep academy, purchase more Chromebooks for students and build an arena large enough to host all the school system’s graduations.

The SPLOST was one of several decisions voters made across metro Atlanta on Tuesday. They included picking candidates to fill seats on the Atlanta, Hapeville and Snellville city councils, the possibility of a transit collaboration between MARTA and Gwinnett County and a new Cherokee County commissioner.

> RELATED: Map shows Gwinnett MARTA results by location

> RELATED: Updated AJC election results chart

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