Guilford Co. Schools Updates Commissioners on Bond Projects

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Hours before the school board votes on future projects in a $457 million school bond, members told Guilford County commissioners how the money has been spent so far.

About $33 million of the bond money approved by voters in 2008 was spent on a new gymnasium at Southeast High School.

At Ragsdale High School, $25 million is being spent to combine the school with the old Jamestown Middle school, as well as build a new media center and gymnasium.

Another $12 million is being used to build an autism wing at Ragsdale.

“We are extremely satisfied. The projects are coming in under budget, they are on schedule and they are beautiful new facilities,” said Andy La Rowe, chief operations officer.

“I am quite impressed. I feel like they have used the bond money in an efficient manner,” said John Parks, commissioner.

But at the same time, commissioners reminded the school board not to forget about older schools, especially as multiple bond projects are ongoing.

“We are always looking at those schools and developing priorities, but when it comes down to leaking roofs and boiler rooms, it's an easy call,” La Rowe said.

Future bond projects include improvements at Northwest and Grimsley high schools. The contracts for those projects will go before the school board for approval Tuesday night.

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