Chairman of the Guilford County Board of Commissioners Skip Alston has been leading the charge when it comes to getting county voters to approve a $1.7 billion school bond that will be on the May 17 ballot. 

Alston and other county commissioners planned to visit Northwest Middle School and Northwest High School at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9.

Alston is making it no secret that one of the main goals of the commissioners’ tours of schools is to draw the attention of county voters to the renovation and construction needs of the aging schools in the Guilford County School system.  Alston always invites the media along to publicize what’s in need of repair or replacement.

Two years ago, Guilford County’s voters approved a $300 million bond package for school repairs and school replacement. However, school officials argue loudly that the school system needs a whole lot more than that.

 In fact, some argue that a $1.7 billion bond package isn’t enough given current school needs.

On Wednesday afternoon, Alston and other commissioners that attend also plan to meet with Northwest Middle School Principal Denise Francisco and Northwest High School Principal Ashley Young to discuss the schools’ needs. 

Alston and the other county commissioners supporting the coming giant school bond referendum are also pushing for voters to approve a quarter-cent increase in the county’s sales tax to help pay for the bonds should that referendum pass.  If the bonds pass, the county will have to pay back the $1.7 billion plus what’s expected to be 2 or 3 percent interest for at least two decades.