Board Takes Action on School Property, Literacy

The Guilford County Board of Education voted on two important issues during its meeting on Thursday, Feb. 28.

The Board voted for a resolution opposing potential legislation that would transfer school property from local boards of education to county commissioners.

At the end of January, the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners adopted a new item on its legislative agenda that supports providing counties with the option to acquire, own, and construct public school sites and facilities. In February, the Wake County Board of Commissioners announced plans to work with legislators to draft a bill to take over school ownership, maintenance and construction from the county school board. Right now, according to North Carolina General Statutes Section 115C-36 , boards of education have control and supervision over school facilities.

The North Carolina School Boards Association drafted a resolution for local boards of education opposing this move. The Guilford County Board of Education voted to support that resolution, which specifies that school placement, design, and maintenance are integral components of the control granted to local boards of education by state law.

"Board members are elected by county residents to align instructional needs with capital needs, as well as to manage schools and district operations," said Board of Education At-Large Member Dr. Sandra Alexander, co-chair of the Board's legislative committee. "That is why it is so important for local boards of education to own and maintain schools and district property."

The resolution also says local boards of education must continue to control school property ownership in order to maximize efficiency.

The Board also endorsed a proclamation recognizing the National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America event. Read Across America is a national program that calls for children in every community to celebrate reading.

The event is held on March 2, or the closest weekday to that date, which is the birthday of children's author Theodor Seuss Geisel - Dr. Seuss. In 2013, students, parents, staff and members of the community celebrated on Friday, March 1, with events and reading opportunities across GCS.