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East Forsyth is over fifty years old, so with that being said, there are several things around campus that need to be updated. According to wsfcs.k12.nc.us, “the Forsyth County Commissioners have agreed to place a $350 million bond referendum on the ballot on November 8th. These bonds are to provide funds to improve the safety and capacity of our schools as well as improve instructional delivery.”
The list of updates include improvements to technology, and every school will receive upgrades to provide digital access to all classrooms, as well as media center updates, including 3-D printers and mobile furniture.
The bonds would provide $3.5 million to bring all security cameras on campuses up to the district standard. These funds would also provide secure entries to all middle schools.
The project list includes $29.4 million in capital and operational improvements, which impact many schools. The project list also includes several new schools, renovations / additions to existing schools, and projects to increase safety and transportation access to some schools.
East Forsyth High would receive $20.1 million for extensive renovations, plus another $725,000 to update heat and air-conditioning units in the 1000 building and gym.
Ms. Keyes, a teacher in the Pods who travels to many classrooms around campus said, “The bond means that we are going to get the technology we need to better the needs of students. Some of our buildings are going to get updates; they really need to make the school a better environment for everyone.”
As of November 8th, the bond referendum was approved and set to begin. According to wfdd.org “It’s something that school leaders say is long overdue because there are more students.” The last bond referendum was approved 10 years ago and enrollment has increased by more than 6,000 students since then, especially in the western and southern parts of the county.
The bond will give students more access to technology. “You can see a lot of benefits when kids have access to that kind of opportunity,” said Superintendent Beverly Emory.
What kind of improvements do you think are needed on campus?