As promised, Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed local legislation that wouldhave allowed three, struggling S.C. school districts to borrow money tooffset the loss of federal stimulus dollars.
In her veto messages, Haley said she is sympathetic with the financialplight of the Hampton 2, Colleton County and Florence 4 schooldistricts. But, she added, "We should not fund short-term operationalcosts with long-term debt backed by taxpayers."
At least two other schools districts -- Charleston and Jasper counties-- also have requested the right to sell bonds to raise money to pay forday-to-day operations.
The state Senate is scheduled to discuss overriding Haley's vetoesThursday. Florence 4 officials have said that school district will closeif it does not get the additional money. That would set the stage for aforced merger of the rural school district into another school system.