Your View: Board’s moving too slowly on Allen Jay school

Mar. 07, 2013 @ 08:03 PM

It has been months since word from the Guilford County Board of Education that the old Allen Jay campus on Fairfield Road was going to be made into a magnet school.  The board even took a month or two just to come up with a name for the campus when it already had one. The board also indicated that it would be open in August 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.
I live in the Allen Jay community area, but as of early March, I haven’t seen any construction work being done at the school.  There is only a little over five months until the new school year will start and again still no construction work being done. 
Is this going to be like the Ronald McNair school that was supposed to open in August of 2012 but didn’t until the middle of February?
This makes one wonder what is going on with the Guilford County Board of Education.
BARRY HELSABECK
High Point

Thanks for caring community’s help
My family and I transferred to High Point about seven months ago as the new Salvation Army officers in town. I have been amazed at the openness, friendliness and generosity of the people here in our new community. When we arrived in High Point, one of the greatest needs we discovered was that the truck that we used to pick up donated items from the public was in seriously bad shape after 20 years of service.
One of our stalwart board members, Bill Goodman approached me and asked if he could help raise some money to buy another truck. Through his leadership and the generosity of The High Point Community Foundation and the Heart of High Point Foundation we now have a new truck. This was a community effort by numerous generous individuals and business owners here in High Point.
I would like to give special thanks to Bill Goodman, Robyn Goodman, Paul Lessard, Coy Willard, Martha Yarborough, Tim Ilderton, Tom Blount, Shane Stutts, Teresa Huffman, Ray Edwards, Sue Brammer and many others.
High Point is a jewel to be cherished and appreciated for the strength and kindness of its citizenry who come together in a time of need and help each other. If you were fortunate enough to be born here you may or may not realize how wonderful this community is and what a blessing it can be to be known as being someone from High Point. The old adage goes, “Were you born here?” “No, but I got here as fast as I could.” When we come together as community, there is nothing we can’t accomplish.
JIM RICKARD
High Point

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