Forsyth’s school bonds approved by wide margin

(Photo provided by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

(Photo provided by Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools)

Forsyth County voters have given a $350 million vote of confidence to Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Superintendent Beverly Emory.

With more than 95 percent of the precincts reporting, the school bond proposal has been approved by nearly three-quarters of Forsyth County voters. Voter approval in the referendum paves the way for eight years of building, renovation and expansion in the county’s public schools.

“I am overwhelmed by how supportive this community is,” Emory said Tuesday night. “Sometimes we’re so caught up in the things we need to improve that we don’t stop to appreciate all the good going on.”

 This is the first bond on the ballot for the school system in a decade. Emory and other school officials have said the bond is badly needed to address capacity issues at the elementary and middle school levels, where the district has more students than seats inside brick-and-mortar schools. The bond includes plans for two new middle schools, four replacement buildings, four renovations and four additions.

That could be good for business, said Joe Crompton, a local contractor, voting for the bonds at Reynolds High School Tuesday.

Read more in the Winston-Salem Journal.