GCS Announces Reorganization of Regions

Guilford County Schools (GCS) staff presented a plan during the June 11 Board of Education meeting that reorganizes the way the district is divided into regions. The plan eliminates the Enrichment Region and moves those schools into the four geographic regions. This reorganization will mean $582,000 in immediate savings, and was necessary due to anticipated budget cuts.

"Moving from five regions to four will ultimately lead to a decrease in the support we provide our schools overall, but it is something we must do in light of the budget situation," said GCS Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green. "In anticipation of additional state cuts, as well as the uncertainty we face in county funding, we are making adjustments to save dollars wherever we can."

GCS created five regions in 2009 as part of the Strategic Plan 2012. The regional model was created as a way to make the large district smaller by providing more targeted and individualized support and supervision to schools, as well as creating closer connections to local communities. The model has worked well, and generated more than $1.1 million in savings by streamlining central office administration.

The 2009 plan included four geographic regions: Western, Northern, Central and Southeastern, as well as an Enrichment Region, made up of three elementary, three middle and three high schools determined to need additional support. As part of the new plan, the nine Enrichment Region schools will be absorbed into the other four geographical regions.

"This is a major change from our original Strategic Plan in the way we supervise, manage and support our schools," said GCS Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green. "The budget situation means we have to make significant adjustments. Schools in the Enrichment Region have seen significant gains during this time and under this model. We know the model worked, but now we have to put a new model in place because of the financial reality."

Approximately 18 other schools will move to a new region in order to balance the regions more equitably.  

Staff considered high school feeder patterns, student demographics, student achievement levels, the number of students, number of schools and other factors when redrawing the regions. 

Region

Total Schools

Total Students

2012-13

2013-14

2012-13

2013-14

Central

42

32

21,641

17,186

Enrichment

9

0

6,226

0

Northern

23

33

13,932

19,850

Southeastern

26

31

15,441

17,029

Western

24

30

16,420

19,595

Total

124

126

73,660

73,660