WHAT IS S.M.A.R.T?
The $300 million school bond passed in November 2020 jumpstarted the process of updating Guilford County Schools. However, the total need for our school system infrastructure is more than $2 billion. The upcoming $1.7 billion bond tackles those needs. The sales tax supplements bond repayment so it does not fall just on property owners. These S.M.A.R.T schools will be equipped to meet the needs of teachers and students for the next 50-100 years.
All schools will be upgraded with safety and security measures such as interior and exterior cameras, digital locks, campus wide intercoms and operable systems with first responders.
Our children are learning in school buildings constructed before the first lunar landing, and we have to accelerate the process to prepare our facilities for the next 50-100 years. Newer schools are also 1.5 times more efficient to operate.
In-demand specialty programs such as STEM, Arts, Early/Middle College options and a wide range of Career & Technical Education programs will be expanded to ensure they are accessible to children at all income levels.
The needs of every school will be addressed, including rebuilding 18 schools, renovating 13 schools and constructing 3 new schools. New school designs will align with modern safety, security and technology standards.
Classrooms and facilities will be upgraded with equipment and technology to support today’s approach to learning. Outdated instructional technology, devices and equipment will be replaced with new tech for teacher and student use.