Big decisions are unfolding about our schools and what we as a community will invest in our school facilities. A Guilford County Schools (GCS) Master Facilities Plan, commissioned jointly by the Guilford County Board of Education and the County Commissioners, called for an investment of $2 billion in our schools over 10-15 years. In November 2020, voters approved a $300 million school bond. Plans are now underway to implement Phase 1 of the Master Facilities Plan.
Another bond may be put on the 2022 ballot to reserve funds for the remaining $1.7 billion that would allow all GCS schools to receive some upgrades and improvements.
Who Has Responsibility for What?
In simple terms, the Guilford County Board of Education and the Superintendent and her team are responsible for planning, managing and overseeing any construction of new schools. Guilford County Commissioners and their staff are responsible for financing the maintenance of current buildings and construction of new facilities. Board of Education members and County Commissioners worked cooperatively together on both fronts through a Joint Committee.
What is the Process for Requesting Funds?
The Board of Education prioritized projects and made an official request to the County Commissioners for a bond amount to fund those projects. The Commissioners decided to put a bond initiative on the ballot for $300 million in November 2020. Voters approved the 2020 bond and gave Commissioners the authority to issue any bonds. A vote to approve the bond does not require the commissioners to issue bonds. It does give them the authority to do so. Ultimately, Commissioners will decide whether to issue bonds, over what time period and for what projects based on recommendations from the Board of Education.
This plan will determine the future of our county. It’s important for us all to be knowledgeable about plans developed. Detailed information can be found to the right.