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School system seeks input on facilities

Proposed plan covers 2014-19

POSTED: May 10, 2013 12:27 a.m.

Just a few days remain to offer feedback on the Forsyth County school system’s proposed facilities plan.

The proposal, which addresses how best to manage the system’s growth through 2019, lays out projected instructional and facility needs, as well as a financial strategy.

In the past five years, the school district has added about 8,000 students, said spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo.

However, the district’s operational budget has not increased during that time and there are no funds available for capital improvements such as renovations and modifications, additions and new schools.

As the nation’s third fastest growing school district, planning for the future is crucial, according to Caracciolo.

It’s also why the school system is seeking out parents, students, teachers and other community members to fill out a survey and comment on the plan, which will take effect in 2014.

“Input is very important to the development of our new facilities plan because it will be used to determine the size of our elementary, middle and high schools, as well as how we proceed with additions and renovations to new schools as compared to building new schools,” Caracciolo said.

“The input will also direct our decisions on safety, academic programs and technology advancements.



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