GCS Board Updated on Priority Projects

The Guilford County Board of Education received an update on various construction projects during its meeting Thursday night.

Work is currently underway on seven of the priority projects:

  • Dudley High’s bus parking lot will be complete before school starts on Monday. Work on the new access drive is on schedule to be completed in September.
  • High Point Central’s renovations and additions in the auditorium are complete and the kitchen cafeteria addition should be complete in early 2017. Staff continues to research questions regarding the nearly 90-year-old school’s      compliance with current and previous building codes.
  • At Bluford Elementary, renovations and the multipurpose room are complete and crews have begun phase two of the project, which includes the administration addition.
  • Installation of the steel, bar joists and roof deck began at Hunter Elementary’s replacement school project.
  • Crews are working to complete interior renovations of Smith High’s Physical Education project by the time school starts on Monday, despite a delay due to late material deliveries.
  • Installation of footings and foundations for the new gym at Western High are in progress.
  • Clearing and grading for Guilford Middle’s new school building is complete, and installation of the building footing started this month.

In 2008, Guilford County voters approved $457 million in school construction bonds. To date, more than $385 million has been spent or is currently under contract. The nine priority projects are being paid for by money saved on earlier 2008 bond construction projects and redirected funds from the Airport Area High School project.

Projects at Northwood Elementary and Northwest High were completed earlier this year.

The board also received updates on two additional construction projects paid for out of construction funds left over from earlier bond projects: 

  • Southeast High’s replacement tennis courts are scheduled to be completed in September.
  • Construction documents have been submitted for review for the Southern High concession restroom building replacement.

Finally, the board approved a $547,775 contract for Triad Roofing Company to replace roofs on classrooms, kitchens and the cafeteria at Parkview Elementary.