School board considers move for Central’s academy

Jun. 28, 2013 @ 09:48 AM

Guilford County Schools officials have listened to parents and are considering options for relieving overcrowded High Point Central High School.
At a Board of Education meeting early this year, several parents of High Point Central students asked the board to consider options for alleviating the crowd of students at Central and the Academy at Central.
Several parents and members of the Citizens for Central suggested that the school board consider buying the Immaculate Heart of Mary School property on Barbee Avenue for the academy, which uses 12 classrooms in the nearby Tomlinson building, or moving classes to T.W. Andrews High School to make more room for Central students.
The idea of purchasing the IHM property got legs.
At the end of the school year, IHM Catholic School moved from the building to a newly constructed building on Johnson Street and Skeet Club Road near the IHM church and will begin classes there in August.
Robert Melton, executive director of facilities management for GCS, said that the property has been brought to his staff’s attention and is being considered. The staff is doing preliminary surveying to see if the building is in fair condition to purchase without having to make large-scale upgrades or renovations.
“We are doing our due diligence, which includes surveying, checking for hazardous materials and doing property accounting.”
Ed Price, the board member who represent Central, said he supports the idea of purchasing the building to give students a better learning environment.
Central has a current capacity design for 1,360 students. On the 20th day of classes in the 2012-2013 school year, Central had 1,424 students enrolled. The Academy at Central adds 145 students to the campus in 12 classrooms in the Tomlinson building. Andrews is under capacity by 498 students.

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