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Guilford County Schools complain about lack of funding

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – Broken toilet seats, leaky ceilings, bugs and peeling paint are just a few of the major problems at Guilford Middle School in Greensboro.

For years, the school has worked with limited funds to make as many patches and repairs as possible, but the school district says conditions are now so bad it needs to build a new school altogether.

Superintendent Mo Green says the school is a perfect example of why adequate capital outlay funds are essential for maintaining schools in the district. And the current allotment of funds is inadequate, he believes.

That’s why Green is asking County Commissioners for $10 million in capital funds for next school year. Ten years ago, the district got $11 million for that specific budget. For the last two years, it received $2 million annually to maintain 126 schools and an ever-increasing number of square feet.

His recommended 2014-2015 budget of county funds totals $197.1 million. In addition to the capital outlay fund increase, also includes $19.9 million more than last year for operations, salary increases, school supplies and security.

“We’ve got to begin to reverse some trends that have been occurring over the last few years with regards to our budget,” Green insisted. “Over the last four years, we have requested from the Board of County Commissioners approximately $30 million in additional resources for operating. We have received slightly less than $2 million of that.”

Per pupil funding has also decreased on what Green referred to as a “downward spiral.”

Kaila Crowder is the SGA President at Guilford Middle School. As an eighth grader, she’ll never attend the new replacement school when and if it is built.

But her own experiences in the deteriorating buildings prompted her to make a speech to Commissioners in their meeting last week. She described the bugs and leaky roof. She remembered water dripping on her from the ceilings.

“I saw in some of the commissioners’ face how they were like wow, she’s really standing her guard and really wanting to make a change in her school,” Crowder told FOX8.

Seventh grade Language Arts teacher Casey Pruitt has more than a few concerns about current conditions.

“A student who is trying to do what they’re supposed to do in class and a roof is falling in, or water is dropping on their paper? That is a major distraction for any student,” Pruitt said.

“Our school system has fully backed us,” Pruitt said. “We’re just waiting on commissioners to make a decision.”

That decision will be whether to fund nine priority school projects GCS identified for major construction or replacement. Guilford Middle School is on the list to be rebuilt.

13 comments

  • G Moore

    Where is our county share of the education lottery. What is happening to all of the profits, that is why people woted to have the lottery.Do not understand, because we know it is making money. Where is it going???

    • FaithC

      If anybody actually read the fine print about the so called education lottery, they would see how little of the money really goes to education. Just saying…

  • bella07

    Guilford County Schools sure does know how to waste a ton of money and then cry poor for more handouts. I am quite sick of hearing about it!

  • Curious

    If just 25% of parents pulled their kids out to homeschool, the result would be move per pupil funding and fewer classrooms and facilities needed for the remaining students.

  • David Hedgecock

    Well, My fox 8, why don’t you guys who claim to be journalists;;;do some investigative journalism for a change. Good grief! to show a picture of a broken ring on a toilet seat is the height of hubris and rediculousness, so much so it’s downright laughable. They, the schools have got to learn to do with less. Because the last time I checked neither the county nor the state nor the IRS asked me if I could afford more taxes before they continue to raise ours more and more;;and when they can’t seem to raise them anymore;;;they just turn around and raise the value of our homes to meet their budgett and /or increase the fees we pay for licenses and etc. Has anyone, has any journalist put out a piece or a story lately;;;commenting on how the family incomes all across our state and towns and cities have been going steadily down, down and down. And I don’t hear any sympathy from the N.C, Education society speaking about how they even are aware or sympathize with the plight of families that are stretched to the breaking point. Wise up! folks, you’ve taxed the golden goose so long it has no more feathers to pluck. Get real! Someone write that story about how N.C.’s true economy. Our manufacturing base has lost 40% from 20 years ago. We have colleges and universities that are still fleecing the students and families with no care or concern that they are ripping them off. And what pray tell are they schooling them for. There are few jobs that are comensurate with their education anymore. So, where do they go to prepare for their future and earn the money to raise their kids and send them to the same colleges and universities. Rome indeed is burning before our very eyes. Unless our direction changes drastically very soon, we are headed for a rude awakening from the collapse of our culture and society.

  • FaithC

    Is this the same Greensboro that wants to develop a cultural center and has lent and will lend more to a downtown museum?
    Maybe they should put those things on hold and deal with their rundown schools.

  • JB

    Guilford county is ALWAYS lacking funding. What REALLY needs to happen is to have the people giving out the money need to be monitored so that the money goes where it needs to and not to inane places such as administration.

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