The school system invites the public to participate

Oct. 3—HIGH POINT — The first of what will be a series of “community conversations” about the future of Guilford County public schools will take place in High Point.

Superintendent Whitney Oakley said Aug. 31, when she was named to succeed Sharon Contreras as Guilford County Schools Superintendent, that she was planning a series of “community conversations” to gather information about what people want to see in their schools. On Monday, GCS announced that the series will be called “Better Together,” and will premiere Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Andrews High School, 1920 McGuinn Drive.

In the press release, Oakley said the public is invited to discuss their hopes and dreams for GCS graduates, envision the community’s future, and determine a strategic direction for getting there.

“I believe in the power of public education to bring people together to change the world,” she said. “We will do it for our students, for our families and for our community – and we will do it together.”

To register to attend the October 13 meeting, go online to, click on “Parent Town Hall Meeting” under the Upcoming Events heading, and the next page will contain an RSVP link. .

The next meeting for the general public will be Thursday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Page High School, 201 Alma Pinnix Drive, Greensboro, with more scheduled over the next 100 days, according to the press release.

There are also two “Better Together” meetings on Tuesday, October 25, for smaller groups: for religious leaders at 7:30 a.m., and for teachers and school staff at 5:30 p.m.

The school system’s announcement of “Better Together” looks back on the 1991 election referendum that merged the High Point, Greensboro and Guilford County school systems into one district and declared that GCS “is now on the verge of open a new chapter, full of opportunities”. and promise for the future of our children and grandchildren.”

“However, we recognize that the context in which every school operates has changed – advances in technology, globalization and a pandemic have all contributed to these rapid changes. To be a thriving school district and community in the 21st century, we will need to look back to where we were, where we are today and where we see ourselves going,” he said.

Jeremy S. McLain