guilford County logo

Guilford County (N.C.) school board wants to put $1.6 billion bond proposal on November ballot

March 11, 2020
The school board has asked the county commissioners to approve the proposal, which would pay for rebuilding, replacing or fully renovating 38 schools.

The Guilford County (N.C.) School Board wants county commissioners to put a $1.6 billion school construction bond proposal on the Nov. 3 ballot.

The Greensboro News & Record reports that the bonds would provide money for rebuilding, replacing or fully renovating 38 schools and building three new schools. Some schools would be closed and others would be reconfigured.

The bonds are intended to cover the first of two phases of school construction projects.

Board members hope that county commissioners would, at a later point, hold a second bond referendum to seek voter approval of roughly $1 billion to complete the full list of capital projects the school system has identified

Board member Pat Tillman says he believes the county should try to take care of as much of the need for school construction as it could in one bond. Among other reasons, he pointed out that interest rates to borrow money are  at “rock bottom." 

“While it is bold and visionary, it is what’s needed," Tillman says.

Board member Linda Welborn, who voted against the proposal, had several concerns. She says the amount is too high and that, based on her research, the district is not likely to get all of the projects done within seven years.

She also says there hasn’t been sufficient notice and opportunity for people to weigh in on the resolution and what would happen to their area schools in the plan.

The resolution now goes to the county commissioners, who will decide whether or not to put a bond referendum on the November ballot. ​

Sponsored Recommendations

Providing solutions that help creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Discover why we’re a one-stop shop for all things education. See how ODP Business Solutions can help empower your students, school, and district to succeed by supporting healthier...

Building Futures: Transforming K–12 Learning Environments for Tomorrow's Leaders

Discover how ODP Business Solutions® Workspace Interiors partnered with a pioneering school system, overcoming supply chain challenges to furnish 18 new K–12 campuses across 4...

How to design flexible learning spaces that teachers love and use

Unlock the potential of flexible learning spaces with expert guidance from school districts and educational furniture providers. Discover how to seamlessly integrate adaptive ...

Blurring the Lines in Education Design: K–12 to Higher Ed to Corporate America

Discover the seamless integration of educational and corporate design principles, shaping tomorrow's leaders from kindergarten to boardroom. Explore innovative classroom layouts...