The proposed $1.7 billion school bond is too much money for the schools to spend responsibly in a 10-year period, and that is the maximum amount of time the schools would have to spend the bond money.
The schools have barely touched the $300 million bond that was passed in 2020. If the schools were spending money on construction at the same rate as they will have to spend it if the $1.7 billion bond passes, the $300 million would already be gone and, one would hope, a lot of critical repairs to schools would have already been made.
Many of those promoting the $1.7 billion school bond speak of specific projects that will be completed if the bond passes. As many past bond supporters have discovered, if the bond passes, the Guilford County school board is not required to spend it on any project – regardless of promises made. The school board will only be limited by the short paragraph on the ballot that states that the money will be for school capital needs, including acquiring property.
The schools have already announced the plan to spend $21 million of COVID-19 relief money to build a facility for administrators and teachers to hold meetings. If schools are in such terrible shape, why isn’t that money being spent on repairing schools for the children?
Finally, although the money is reportedly lacking to do even the most basic repairs to schools, the school administration recently found the money to make renovations to the central office on North Eugene Street.
If the $1.7 billion bond doesn’t pass, another more reasonable bond can be placed on a future ballot and the schools can use the time to spend the $300 million in bond money they already have.