Board Updated on GCS Priority Projects

Many GCS priority projects are on track to be completed by the end of 2017.

The Guilford County Board of Education received an update on the projects at its meeting Thursday night. Updates include:

  • At Hunter Elementary, replacement project work continued on windows, exterior doors, ceilings and lights in the building, and workers started paving the parking lots at the front of the school.
  • The kitchen cafeteria addition is almost complete at High Point Central High. The board approved a contract amendment with Rentenbach / Nesmith Construction for a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) of $3,351,820 to convert the old kitchen and cafeteria into a new media center.
  • The administration addition at Bluford STEM Academy was completed in December. Renovation work continued in the 300 wing of the school and is nearing completion.
  • For Western High’s PE Improvements and Cafeteria Expansion, the slab on grade has been poured for the locker room area, block walls are going up and work on underground plumbing continues at the concession area.
  • At Smith High, staff is working on pricing and schedules for requested changes to the project as well as redesigning the locker and training room. Foundation work for the new field house is ongoing, plumbing and electrical under slab rough-ins are in progress and masonry blockwork continues on the training room and press box under the bleachers.
  • At the replacement Guilford Middle project, the building footings, foundations and under-slab work is complete on the lower level along with the second floor metal decking. Installation of the block walls, structural steel frame continues and the concrete floor slabs at the second floor 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. 

The board also received an update on Southern High’s concession restroom and building replacement project, being paid for out of funds left over from earlier bond projects. The existing building was demolished and crews are clearing the area to prepare for construction.