GCS Prepares For New School Construction, Other Projects

GCS Prepares For New School Construction, Other Projects

4:34pm Jun 09, 2021
On Sunday, April 15, 2018, an EF2 tornado touched down on the eastern side of Greensboro. Uprooted trees block an entrance at Peeler Open Elementary after the storm. KERI BROWN/WFDD.

Guilford County Schools is getting ready to begin several major infrastructure projects.

The district launched a website that lets the public track its progress.

The new buildings and renovations are part of a $300 million bond referendum approved by voters last November.

There will be eight construction projects. That includes a new building that will combine the former schools of Hampton Elementary and Peeler Open Elementary, which were destroyed in the April 2018 tornado.

The district will also be rebuilding Foust Elementary as a gaming and robotics magnet school, acquiring land for future projects and making other improvements.

A new website will allow the public to follow the transformation process. Pictures, renderings and other updates will be posted. A tool will also allow users to provide feedback on the projects.

Guilford County Schools has been grappling with how to repair and replace buildings for years.

District leaders say the $300 million in bond spending is just a start, representing a fraction of the $2 billion estimated price tag for construction and renovation identified in a study.

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