The Guilford County Joint County / Schools Facilities and Construction Committee has scheduled a work session for Tuesday, August 9 at 9 a.m. and it should be a very interesting discussion. The county has never really given a good explanation for the reason behind the new committee meetings – other than to describe them as a chance to jointly discuss the use of $300 million in school bond referendum funds approved by county voters in 2020.
But the real reason for the committee meetings is that school officials have determined that the $300 million in proposed projects listed for the 2020 bond referendum is actually going to cost about $450 million – and the county and the schools need to find a solution to that major problem.
Democratic Chairman of the Board of Commissioners Skip Alston told the Rhino Times that that cost increase is not surprising given inflation, however, other commissioners, such as Commissioner Justin Conrad, said that it's absurd to argue that a 50 percent increase can be attributed solely to current macro-economic conditions.
Conrad and Commissioner Alan Perdue both told the Rhino Times that it was very concerning that Alston refused to name any Republican commissioners to the committee.
Conrad said he feels sure Alston did that because he didn’t want anyone asking the schools the truly hard questions about the dramatic cost overruns.
The first of a series of meetings will be held in the McAdoo Conference Room on the third floor of the Truist Bank Building at 201 W. Market St.in Greensboro.
The official stated purpose of the work session is “to discuss 2020 school bond projects and conduct any other necessary business.”
The meeting room will be open for in-person attendance for those who wish to come.
The meetings can also be viewed on Zoom with a computer, tablet or smartphone by visiting https://www.zoomgov.com/j/1619200727 and completing the webinar registration. The meeting will also be livestreamed on Guilford County’s Facebook page.
With this school system it’s always ‘amateur night in dixie’!
With the monkees running the zoo…what did you expect….an honest answer? This 300 million will be wasted…seems like it has already started. Got some deep pockets to fill.
And these are some of the same folks that run the ICRM aka Money Pit that have duped the city, county and state tax payers out of millions of dollars. Follow the money, something stinks in Denmark!
Often wondered… has there been an accounting of monies soent and a financial report? It should be a priority before the city or county dump anymore money on the boondoggle.
Again, is anybody surprised by this? When will someone other then another politician or their pet get on top of this and start holding people responsible.
It is so pitiful that the committee does not have a balance of party affiliations. This is consistent with everything that happens in Guilford County and the City of Greensboro. Taxpayers should revolt against both these groups and refuse to pay taxes or support bonds until there is more equitable representation. We are constantly bombarded by the left for “inclusion and diversity” except when they are in control. BS! Most of us who actually pay into the system rather than take from it are sick and tired of this “woke” thinking. How sad was it that the Greensboro mayoral and city council election barely had 15% voter turnout. But who was surprised. I would have accepted having these idiots in their seats until the November mid-terms when voter turnout could be expected to be more representative. With only a 15% turnout, we are stuck with the same old council and mayor who collectively could not pass a 5th grade end of grade test. Well, you got this group again because you failed to turnout for the vote.
Please do not insult Dixie by using in the same sentence with school system.