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Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools discuss $223M bond request

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Board of Education is preparing a request to county commissioners to place a $223 million bond request on the November ballot.  

Board members met Wednesday evening and talked about the request that included replacing some outdated schools, building two new elementary schools, two new middle schools and upgrading technology in every classroom.

"The need is there," said school board member Jill Tackabery.  

Tackabery says if commissioners put it on the ballot and it’s approved by tax payers, the money would be spread out over seven years. 

"We've prioritize them (schools) and with lots of study, lots of evaluation we know what needs to be done first," said Tackabery. 

If commissioners don't approve the entire request, school leaders hope they can at least get a $55 million bond referendum on the ballot to take care of schools with urgent needs.

The school board plans to make their final decision on the request June 12.