Also during its meeting Thursday night, the Forsyth County Board of Education:
* Amended a food services policy to allow middle and high school students to charge one meal. Before, only elementary school students were afforded meal charges (five), which remained unchanged.
* Approved the purchase of 34 new school buses from Peach State Freightliner LLC for $2.8 million. District spokeswoman Jennifer Caracciolo said they are needed for both enrollment growth and to replace older vehicles.
-- Kayla Robins
FORSYTH COUNTY — A myriad construction projects, from additions to new schools, are under way and on schedule, Forsyth County school system officials said Thursday.
All five high schools have some form of additions and/or renovations set to be completed by or before 2017, said Tom Wening, who is in charge of facilities construction for the school district.
Design development drawings for additions and renovations are due in January and February for Forsyth Central and North and South Forsyth high schools.
Construction drawings for an additional 19 classrooms and a band room at Lambert High are due in March, according to information posted on the district’s meeting portal.
Projects for the four campuses are expected to be finished by August 2016.
A stakeholder committee is being formed to discuss construction at West Forsyth High, which has a scheduled completion date of January 2017.
Progress on the district’s newly purchased High School No. 7 will begin a one-year design phase in March, with the next step being fund matching from the state Department of Education. The school is scheduled to open for the 2018-19 school year.
Middle schools are receiving classroom additions, too.
South Forsyth and Riverwatch have construction drawings due in March, with designs expected to be similar to Lambert’s classroom additions. Construction is expected to be completed in August 2016.
DeSana Middle and Brandywine Elementary schools remain on track to open for the 2016-17 school year.