Commissioners Split Over School Funding Request

Commissioners Split Over School Funding Request

7:55pm Jan 13, 2015

There is dissension within Forsyth County's commissioners over a $41 million education funding plan. Gloria Whisenhunt and Walter Marshall believe the county is trying to fast track this money without the full board discussing it.

 

Last Wednesday, school officials announced a plan to request $41.6 million from the county to replace Lowrance Middle School and Konnoak Elementary School and to update parts of several other schools.

Dave Plyler, the new chairman of the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, told the Winston-Salem Journal on Friday that the proposal would “in all likelihood” be on the agenda for the commissioners’ Jan. 26 meeting.

Whisenhunt said that she had heard rumors but did not know the specifics of the proposal until she read it in the newspaper. She and Marshall objected to the Jan. 26 date and how the information came out. Marshall said that he found out about the proposal from reading the story in the Journal.

Whisenhunt said afterward that she is not saying she is opposed to the projects, but to the method of how the Board started the process.

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