Kernersville denies rezoning request for new high school near airport

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KERNERSVILLE, N.C. -- A 7-0 vote by the Kernersville Planning Board has put Guilford County Schools one step behind in their goal to build a new high school.

The board on Monday denied a request to rezone 115 acres of land in the Triad Business Park on South Bunker Hill Road for what would be known as the Airport Area High School.

The board, along with many others in the area, felt a school in an industrial area is just not suitable for nearly 1,400 students.

Garland Stacks, who lives just feet away from where the school would be, worries about traffic and safety issues. 

"I would ask the school board and county officials: 'Are you for the people? Or are you for the speculators?' Lets have a balance here," Garland said.

The land is annexed to Guilford County, but zoned in Kernersville.

TDO Land Holdings owns the land, but Guilford County Commissioners approved the school board to purchase it in December 2011.

Andy LaRowe, the district's chief operations officer, said they still want to purchase the land despite the planning board's decision.

"There has not been a better option for us than this piece of property," LaRowe said.

The Kernersville Board of Alderman will make a final decision at its June 5 meeting.