Budget & Bonds

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Special GCS Board meeting this evening at 6pm to discuss next year’s budget.

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Links to two pro-Bonds stories in today’s N&R.

Former Gov. Hunt endorses the Bonds. N&R excerpt:

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GREENSBORO – Former Gov. Jim Hunt wore his “Vote Yes for Kids” badge with pride today as he asked Guilford County voters to support $457 million in school construction bonds on Tuesday.

“Folks, it’s hard to have good jobs these days,” said Hunt, speaking at a press conference at Allen Middle School. “And the best way to have good jobs is to have good schools.”

The Bonds for Schools Committee invited Hunt about a week ago to speak in support of the bonds, said coordinator Anita Bachmann. The grassroots pro-bond group has received endorsements from numerous individuals, businesses and civic organizations, but Hunt is the most high-profile supporter so far, she said. The event was attended by local elected officials, school adminstrators and Allen students.

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Parents want YOU to vote for the Bonds. N&R excerpt:

With the May 6 election just days away, some concerned parents and community members want area residents to “Vote Yes for Kids.”

Voters will have a chance to vote for two school-related bonds that total $457 million.

“The only reason for doing this is to provide safe seats for children,” said Frank Kendall, a volunteer with the Guilford Education Alliance.

One of the bonds is for $45 million to rebuild Eastern Guilford High School, while the remaining $412 million will go toward future construction and repairs.

“The bonds will build five schools and renovate 13 more,” Kendall said.

He said the Guilford County commissioners passed bonds in 2000 and 2003, before the cost to build new schools greatly increased.

“We’re being affected by the global economy,” he said.

As the cost of raw materials and the cost to transport them has soared, so has the cost of construction.

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2 Responses

  1. Does former Gov. Jim Hunt live in Guilford county? I’m wagering a guesss–NO.

  2. “Folks, it’s hard to have good jobs these days,” said Hunt, speaking at a press conference at Allen Middle School. “And the best way to have good jobs is to have good schools.”

    That is a stretch. What do good jobs have to do with school buildings? Basically, very little. One has to make the stretch that new school buildings translates into good schools, and then another long stretch that those good schools produce graduates that get good jobs. One, it”s what happens in the class room that makes a good school, not the brick and mortar in which it occurs. Building new school structures does not guarantee that they will house good schools. Two, good schools can offer opportunity to students to learn and graduate, but there is no guarantee that the opportunity will be capitalized upon. Then, we still have to get to the proposition that those graduates will actually have good jobs available.

    I am certainly an advocate that people’s best chance for life and career success is education, but these school bonds do not guarantee that. We would be better served by investing in what happens in the class room than the building that houses the class room. And, the school board and administration have not shown the ability to make that happen as yet on a broad-enough and consistent manner.

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