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First two school bond projects get OK

POSTED: July 2, 2014 12:04 a.m.

FORSYTH COUNTY — During a called meeting Monday afternoon, Forsyth County Board of Education voted 5-0 to approve bids for the first two projects funded through 2014 bond program.

In May, voters approved the $195 million bond, which will be used to make more than $80 million in improvements to the system’s existing schools. Funds also will be used to eventually build a new high school and middle school.

On Monday, school board members signed off on a bid of nearly $193,500 from Charles Black Construction for a new concession stand at North Forsyth High School.

“North is the only high school that currently does not have a visitor concession stand with restroom facilities,” said Jennifer Caracciolo, school spokeswoman, after the meeting.

In addition, the board approved spending nearly $96,000 for a new parking area at Lambert High School.

Bill McKnight, facilities director, said C.W. Matthews will build the lot near the school’s entrance.

Construction on the concession stand is expected to begin sometime this summer, while it is unclear when the parking lot work will commence due to scheduling with the contractor.



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MPMcMAHON: July 2, 2014 4:09 p.m.

I still stand opposed to the plans within the Bond, for the purchase of new land and the building of a 4th High School for the Southern end of the County, while North Forsyth is also overcrowded, and has several students that have to ride the school bus well in excess of an hour, each way. The BOE has already spent millions of taxpayer dollars and purchased the land and had the plans already drawn up to alleviate those known issues and that would help with the overgrowth problems in the South.

By building East Forsyth High School on Jot-em-Down Road, that would eliminate most of the overcrowding at North, and eliminating the excessive bussing times. Then with the space opened up at North, more of the students living in Northern Forsyth County will move from West Forsyth to North, reducing their likewise long transportation times, and then the space opened at West will be able to greatly lessen the problems in the South, as West is geographically located in the southern third of the County.

Instead of the Board members catering to the wishes of the wealthier residents in the South, they look out for the needs of the entire county. But that has always been the way of politics in Forsyth County, for decades. Anything that would benefit the wealthier south is approved, while anything that would benefit the less affluent North are dismissed or outright rejected, based on where their political contributions come from. We thought we got rid of that problem, when we got the state to amend the County Charter requiring that only the residents of the district could vote for the representative of that district. We now need the State Legislature to restrict where political contributions come from, so to prohibit political contributions from individuals and businesses, to those within the respective districts. That goes for both the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education.

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