Board Funds Renovations at Allen Jay Middle Rock Gym

The rock gym at Allen Jay Middle will get a much-needed makeover. The Guilford County Board of Education voted Thursday to fund renovation of the building, which was built in 1939 but has fallen into disrepair in recent years.

To cover the cost of renovations, the board approved the transfer of $1,585,895 in Qualified School Construction Bonds from funds dedicated to renovations at Allen Middle. The budget for the project is $1,963,435, with the remainder of the funds coming from the existing Allen Jay Middle project ordinance. The transfer must still be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.

Allen Jay Middle is undergoing renovations to house a magnet program that will serve students in grades five through eight. The main facility is being renovated to accommodate core spaces; however, additional academic support space is needed. After renovations, the rock gym would accommodate 450 people and contain two to three meeting or classroom spaces, restrooms and storage areas.

Also on Thursday, the board discussed options for the Grimsley High pool, which the City of Greensboro transferred to Guilford County Schools' control in May 2013. The pool has been closed since December 2011 for needed repairs.

Staff presented estimates for three options for the pool: demolition at an estimated cost of $450,000; minimal renovations at an estimated cost of $2.2 million to $2.5 million; or extensive renovations at an estimated cost of $4.5 million to $5 million. The board asked staff to seek out additional estimates for the project.

In other action, the board:

  • Renewed its contract with Ronco Communications and Electronics Inc. for Nortel phone and voicemail systems maintenance and support in the amount of $183,146.40.
  • Authorized track improvements at Eastern High in the amount of $367,700.
  • Authorized track improvements at Northeast High in the amount of $332,500.
  • Authorized track improvements at Southwest High in the amount of $336,985.