The first Richmond County ESPLOST passed in 1997. This Phase I of the ongoing Richmond County Board of Education Building Program was completed in 2002 and consisted of 52 projects including seven (7) new schools and three hundred seventy-six (376) new classrooms, all were completed on time and within budget. As a result of additional collections during Phase I, savings from the Phase I Program, and investments from these dollars, further projects were able to be completed as a part of Phase I beyond the original planned scope. Additional projects included Fort Gordon Elementary School and Wilkinson Gardens Elementary School Renovations and Additions. The total Phase I Program was approximately $150,255,000.00.