How Charlotte does it differently

Once again, another example of another school system teaching GCS how to do things…smartly.

The image “” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors.Morgan Josey-Glover over at the News & Record inked a blog entry on the Chalkboard yesterday (click here) about an interesting public-private partnership involving the design and construction of two new high schools in Charlotte-Mecklenburg.

Like a reality show, Char-Meck held a public competition and selected three architectural firms (from a list of 19) and asked all three of them to design two high schools keeping square footages and costs to a minimum. As a result, 15% of unusable space was cut out of the new design. These are major high schools, that can accommodate up to 2,000 students have about 100 classrooms and square footage around 260,000.

Char-Meck has a bond scheduled for this November’s ballot…it may pass.

This is the kind of thing we need to be exploring here in Guilford. I still would like to see all real estate and construction moved out of central office eventually, but while we still have it under our control, we really need to explore mimicking smart ideas such as this. Again, the key is to start spending the taxpayer’s money more smartly.

Link to last Sunday’s N&R school construction story here.

Link to N&R Chalkboard blog on school construction here.

E.C. 🙂


2 Responses

  1. Here’s all you need to know:

    Wally World said:

    Let’s have some fun with facts.

    Char-Meck High School:

    Cost = $53,600,000
    Sq.Ft. = 260,000
    Student Capacity = 2,000
    Sq.Ft. per Student = 130
    Cost per Student = $26,800

    Airport High:

    Cost = $77,100,000 (Or maybe $88,000,000)
    Sq.Ft. = 270,000
    Student Capacity = 1,200
    Sq.Ft. per Student = 225
    Cost per Student = $64,250 (or maybe $73,333)

    What’s wrong with this picture?

    Posted on October 5, 2007 2:24 PM

  2. More bang for the buck in Charlotte. Something’s very wrong with this picture.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: