Forsyth County elementary school could be torn down because of condition

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- One Forsyth County school is in such dire need of repairs that officials with the school system are leaning toward demolishing it altogether.

Konnoak Elementary School, in Winston-Salem, was built in 1956 and has had very few updates since. There were additions built onto the school in 1976 and 1999.

"The renovations that would be needed in terms of so many different parts of the building are so extensive," said Theo Helm, of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.

Helm says the current state of the school is not posing any threats to students, but compared the school to an old car; sometimes you're better off buying a new one instead of making constant repairs.

"You want the best environment possible for the students," said Helm. "So this would be one way we're trying to do that."

To try to prove the need for a new school to incoming school board members, they will be holding a special meeting on Jan. 7, where the board will be touring the school. Also included on that day will be a tour of Lowrance Middle school, which Helm says also needs to be updated, but is worth renovating.

"If we were to have a bond referendum tomorrow, these would be the projects at the top of the list," said Helm.

If Konnoak were to be torn down, they would most likely save a newer wing and build around it. It is possible that students could remain in the old school while a new one was built on the same property.