GCS Chief Operations Officer to Retire Sept. 4

After nearly 20 years of service to North Carolina public schools, Andrew LaRowe is retiring as chief operations officer of Guilford County Schools (GCS), effective Sept. 4, 2012.

LaRowe joined GCS in 2007 as the executive director of facilities. He was promoted to his current position in 2010. A former teacher, LaRowe also has extensive private sector experience in construction and facilities management. He started his career in Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in 1982.

LaRowe joined GCS to help the district move forward with a proposed $457 million school bond program in 2008.

"We literally made presentations almost every night," says LaRowe, noting that the land acquisition process, planning, design and construction of new schools, building additions, and renovations with GCS rank among his proudest career achievements.

LaRowe also helped with the development of the district's educational specifications and design standards, facility needs assessment, and 10-year master plan. The district also has greatly expanded its Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) program during his tenure.

Committed to community engagement, LaRowe broadened the design review process to include more district stakeholders, and helped engage parents and community members in the building advisory team process. GCS has also won accolades for EnergyWise, a student-led energy conservation program that has saved the district hundreds of thousands of dollars in utility costs.

"Andy LaRowe has provided great service to GCS and to North Carolina public schools," says Superintendent Maurice "Mo" Green. "While we will miss his dedication to our students and our community, we wish him well in his retirement."