March 12, 2021 – Eight construction projects, several land purchases and design work for two elementary schools should be funded by the $300 million in school bonds approved in November, the Guilford County Board of Education decided Tuesday. The school board’s request for project ordinances now moves to the Board of County Commissioners.
The projects are:
- Hampton-Peeler Elementary, which will be rebuilt at the Peeler site as a county-wide and neighborhood performing arts magnet
- Archer Elementary, which will be fully renovated as a Montessori magnet, replacing Erwin Montessori
- Peck Elementary, which will be rebuilt on site as a regional K-8 expeditionary learning magnet school
- Foust Elementary, which will be rebuilt on site as a gaming and robotics magnet school
- Brooks Global Studies, which will be rebuilt at the Craven School site
- A new K-8 school in the southwest area, which will include a STEM center for regional use
- Claxton Elementary, which will be rebuilt on site
- Kiser Middle, which will be rebuilt on the Grimsley/Kiser campus
Land purchases for all phases are also included, as well as designs for Sternberger Elementary and Allen Jay Elementary, projects that are slated for future bond referendums.
“This is a significant step forward in addressing the more than $2 billion in construction needs identified several years ago,” said Superintendent Sharon L. Contreras. “We are eager to begin this first phase of improving those schools with the most pressing needs and equipping current and future GCS families with modern, comfortable spaces to learn.”
At the Feb. 27 board work session, the board authorized staff to begin contract negotiations with HICAPS/C2, a project management firm, which would oversee all construction-related activity.
The comprehensive facilities master plan demonstrates more than $2 billion in school construction needs. In November, voters approved $300 million in bonds to begin addressing those needs. A related 1/4 -cent sales tax to offset the cost of the bonds was not approved. To learn more about the bonds, click here.