Summary: Guilford County Board of Commissioners approve $1.7 billion school bond along party lines
On Thursday, December 2, 2021, the Guilford County Board of Commissioners approved a $1.7 billion school bond referendum to be placed before voters in March 2022. The vote for the school bond was 7 Democrats (in favor) to 2 Republicans (opposed).
The Republicans did not present solid (in fact, any) arguments as to why they did not favor the bond. Commissioner Perdue indicated the amount of the bond was too large and Commissioner Conrad simply provided a “no” vote, with no explanation at all.
On the other hand, the Democrats waxed eloquently on the dilapidated conditions of Guilford County schools, why requiring kids from their dilapidated homes to go to schools in similar conditions was a travesty, and on and on and on…. Commissioner Alston, speaking emotionally, wondered out loud how anyone could be so cold as to deny Guilford kids an opportunity to read and write in a pleasing, warm environment in the winter, and a cool and inviting environment in the summer.
I almost shed a tear!