Lee County School district not funding political campaign

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Updated: 7/12/2013 8:07 pm
LEE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) --Lee County citizens will head to the polls in the next couple of weeks to vote on a multi-million dollar bond issue.

The bond is to help fund new renovations that leaders say will benefit several schools in the county.

To help encourage voters to support the bond, yard signs are appearing throughout the county.

By law schools are prohibited from using taxpayer dollars to fund political campaigns.

School leaders say private donations are funding the advertisements.

"By law, we are not allowed to spend money on anything as far as advertising or anything that can be considered a political campaign," says Lee County Superintendent Jimmy Weeks.

There are 500 signs throughout the county.

Later this month, newspaper ads, radio ads and commercials will appear.

If the district is not paying for it who is?

Over at Architecture South, WTVA has learned that they are the ones who purchased the 500 yard signs.  

They are also the ones getting volunteers to put them out.

As far as the newspaper, radio, and TV ads, leaders say those are being payed for by private donations.

There are a few public forums scheduled for this month to explain the bond issue to the voters.

The first scheduled meeting is July 15 at 6:30 pm at Saltillo High School.
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