ATLANTA - The school districts of five fast-growing counties in the metropolitan Atlanta area - Gwinnett, Fulton, Cherokee, Cobb, and Fayette - are hoping to tap the municipal bond market over the next year with new-money borrowings totaling about $600 million.

The Gwinnett County Board of Education heads the list with a three-part, $225 million bond authorization that will be put before voters in November. According to Berney Kirkland, the school board's director of community relations, it will be the largest school bond vote in Georgia history.

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