Most schools in Guilford County and across the U.S. were built quickly and cheaply to house the Baby Boom generation. Those schools are now aging out of service, and in most cases, the cost of renovations and repairs exceed the cost of new construction.
Chronic underfunding of school facilities and the behind-the-scenes infrastructure that keeps schools running is also to blame. School maintenance budgets have not kept up with student growth, leaving a 30-year-plus backlog of issues. See how the 2008 bonds were spent.
In fact, Sharon L. Contreras, PhD, testified before a Congressional committee regarding the nation’s crumbling public school infrastructure. Review her remarks.
In addition, while voters approved school bonds in 2003 and 2008 that were used to upgrade facilities and build new schools, there wasn’t enough money to upgrade or touch every school. Most schools on the list were only partially repaired due to limited funds.