Dorchester School District 2 needs more than a quarter billion dollars to ease overcrowded schools, bring old schools up-to-date and make room for the expected influx of students in the next several years.

“We know ($275 million) is astronomical,” said Superintendent Joe Pye. “Obviously, the list has to be prioritized.”

The district is trying to decide whether to ask voters to approve a November bond referendum that could either increase property taxes or add a penny to sales tax.

Voters have not approved a bond referendum for District 2 since passing a $25.5 million vote in March 1995 to renovate Summerville High School and turn Gregg campus into a middle school.

A $98 million referendum in March 2003 failed, and in March 2009, the board shelved a $165 million bond referendum, fearing a lack of support.

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