School District Saves Millions on Construction Projects

From new HVAC systems to security alarms to major roof repairs, 27 Guilford County Schools and two district office sites will receive much-needed updates. The projects are possible because changes in the economy and other factors affected the final cost for many completed projects paid for by the 2008 bonds.

The Guilford County Board of Education plans to use about $22.5 million of the funds from closed bond projects for new projects across the district. Most of the items are needed repairs and maintenance projects that have been postponed due to funding cuts. Board members approved one list of projects totaling $16,216,458 at their meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Guilford County Schools did careful research and budgeted a dollar amount for each project. The list included new schools, like Jamestown Middle, and major renovations at other schools, including the project at Southeast High. The Board of Education approved a number of projects based on priority and decided to use funds from the 2008 bond referendum to pay for them. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners has to approve using those bond funds.

Some of the funds - $4,177,654 - will be used for additional work at sites with bond projects that have been completed, including replacing the track at Southeast High, installing security cameras at Southwest High, renovating the rock gym at Summerfield Elementary, and work at Eastern High and Alamance Elementary schools. The Guilford County Board of Commissioners already approved spending bond funds at those sites, so the school district can spend the remainder of the money without additional approval.

The Board of Education also approved spending $12,038,804 of the leftover bond money on replacing two 1960s-era boilers at Foust Elementary, a new roof for Penn-Griffin Middle, areas of new flooring at Allen Middle and additional projects at 20 other schools and two district buildings. Because these funds will be spent at new locations, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners must approve the list.

The Board of Education also approved spending an additional $6 million dollars of that leftover bond money from closed projects on additional priority items. Facilities staff is working on that list and will present it to the board at the Oct. 25 meeting. County commissioners must also approve those items. Guilford County Schools staff hopes commissioners will approve the list at their Nov. 12 meeting.