Commissioners use Allen Middle School to highlight system needs

Voting has already begun on the $1.7 billion school bond referendum that Guilford County Schools officials and Guilford County Commissioners would like to see pass.

Before the votes are all taped and tallied — Tuesday, May 17, that is — county commissioners are continuing to use school visits to draw attention to building and repair needs in some of the most dilapidated schools in the county.

Proponents of school bonds point out that the average age of school buildings in the county is over 50 years old, and county commissioners point to the needs of older schools that are slated to be rebuilt or completely renovated if county voters approve the plan. giant bond referendum.

Guilford County Commissioners Chairman Skip Alston and a few other Guilford County Commissioners visited various schools on Wednesday afternoons, and all county media were invited to join them.

This week, Wednesday, May 4, at 3 p.m., the commissioners are visiting Allen Middle School at 1108 Glendale Dr. in Greensboro.

Alston told a meeting of the Board of Commissioners earlier this year that the schools actually needed far more than the $1.7 billion. In fact, an enthusiastic Alston said schools needed “ten times as much”.

Hopefully that was hyperbole and that county voters don’t see a referendum on the $17 billion school bond in the next ballot.

On Wednesday afternoon, commissioners will also meet with Allen Middle School principal Dwayne Jordan to discuss major renovation projects planned for his school.

Exactly 24 hours after this meeting, the commissioners will hold a special working session to hear from senior school officials on the Guilford County Schools Operating Budget funding needs (and wishes) for the 2022 fiscal budget- 2023 of the school system.

Jeremy S. McLain