Parents concerned about overcrowding in Page High School cafeteria

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Some parents and alumni of Page High School say they want the Board of Education to allocate more funding to the school to deal with a number of issues caused by overcrowding.

Richard Beard, whose daughter is a senior at the school, says the biggest problem is overcrowding in the school’s cafeteria where students often can’t find a seat.

"They're sitting on the floor of the hallway,” Beard said.

Beard is one of several parents and alumni who has raised thousands of dollars to help try to change that.

In August 2015, the group Page Alumni and Friends spent about $30,000 turning what used to be an empty courtyard at the school into an outdoor seating area.

The group also paid for another outdoor area the year before near the school’s front entrance.

Beard says the total cost for both projects was $40,000 -- money the group raised through fundraisers and other fees.

“We feel like we've gone above and beyond the call of duty," Beard said.

Beard says parents and volunteers have done enough and wants the school board to kick in more funding.

"We just need to express our frustrations and our desire to see the school board allocate funds," he said.

Alan Duncan, chairman of Guilford County Schools Board of Education, says with 127 schools in the district and limited funding, choosing which schools get money for upgrades can be hard.

"Trying to balance priorities is extraordinarily difficult," Duncan said.

Duncan says the school district already has nine different construction projects on its plate.

He says most Guilford County schools are at least 50 years old and need work.

"We all have to work together and see what the best way is to increase capital funding," Duncan said.

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