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Guilford school board to vote on request for $1.7 billion school construction bond referendum
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Guilford school board to vote on request for $1.7 billion school construction bond referendum

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GREENSBORO — The Guilford County Board of Education is expected to vote Tuesday on a request that county commissioners place a $1.7 billion school construction bond referendum on the ballot for March 2022. 

Superintendent Sharon Contreras is plans to present a resolution for the board's consideration at its Tuesday evening board meeting. 

If county voters approve the referendum in March, it would give county commissioners permission to take on additional debt, in the form of bonds, to pay for school construction. Voters separately approved a $300 million school bond referendum in November of 2020.

The new bonds would allow the board to go forward with more projects on the district's 2019 Facilities Master Plan Prioritization List. 

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That plan includes projects worth $2.67 billion, including projected inflation costs (or $2.1 billion without inflation). 

In early 2020, school leaders asked county commissioners to consider a $1.6 billion bond referendum for a first round of school construction, with the expectation that there would also be a second round. 

Instead, county commissioners at the time decided they wanted to start the first round with a lower amount: $300 million. 

That money is slated for eight school construction projects, as well as land purchases and design work for two additional schools that are expected to be built in the next phase. In August, the school board authorized its staff to negotiate contracts for the projects. 

In other business, school board members are expected to take their monthly vote on renewing the district's mask policy. By state law, school board leaders must vote on the policy each month. Above and beyond the district's policy, Guilford County also has separate countywide indoor mask mandate for businesses, schools and other public places. 

Contact Jessie Pounds at 336-373-7002 and follow @JessiePounds on Twitter.​

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