Guilford County Schools moving forward with construction projects

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Schools will move forward with at least four major construction projects.

The system named nine priority school projects in April.

County Commissioners and Board of Education members said it's now time to hire construction managers for four projects.

Julius Monk, executive director of GCS facilities, pointed out how important it is to fix leaky roofs and replace schools that have aged beyond repair.

"We believe if you have a warm, bright, inviting, well-conditioned space to come to, that you won't mind coming to school. That our absentee rates will go down. That while they're there, they can concentrate more on their learning," Monk said.

High Point Central will get a new media center, renovations to the old media center to allow for more office and classroom space and a cafeteria expansion.

HPC senior Sadie Weston was excited to hear about the renovations.

"It's really reassuring because my sister just finished her freshman year here. It's really nice to know there will be kids coming up after us that will get to experience such a great school," Weston said.

Bluford Stem Academy will get roof repairs along with bathroom updates and additions. The main entrance will also be redone for safety reasons so front office workers can better monitor who is coming in and out.

Hunter Elementary and Guilford Middle will both be replaced entirely.

Monk added, "To see those children walk in for the first time, many of them coming from older facilities and now going to state-of-the-art facilities, we know there will be smiles on their faces, smiles on the parents faces as they walk in as well. That's what makes it all worthwhile to us."