Angie Henry, the chief financial officer for Guilford County Schools, says she worries about the impact a lack of funding will have on growing class sizes and future graduation rates, if the county doesn't provide more funding to help restore teaching positions and other programs.
High Point Central was built in the 1920's. The Guilford County Commission has approved an initial bond sale of $60 million this summer. Some of the money will be used to fix the school's roof, add a new cafeteria and increase classroom space.
Some public schools in Guilford County will soon get money to pay for much needed maintenance and repairs. The county commission has approved a plan to make capital improvements at nine schools.
It will issue $132 million in bonds over the next few years to address capital needs in the school system. Julius Monk, executive director of facilities for Guilford County Schools, says the projects will happen in stages.
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory says his upcoming budget will focus on education with $291 million in new funding expected to go to K - 12 public schools. The money is earmarked for technology, student growth and educational materials. But school officials in Guilford County say that won’t help their most critical problem: several schools that are literally falling apart.
A referendum that would have raised the sales tax in Guilford County to help fund improvements in public schools failed to pass on Tuesday's election. Now, school officials look at how to fill the funding gaps from the state and local level.
The referendum would have increased the county sales tax by a quarter of a penny. That doesn't sound like much, but with a big sales tax base, it would have raised $14 million a year.