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Schools could ask for $1 billion bond referendum

On Thursday, Jan. 10, the Guilford County Board of Education and the Guilford County Board of Commissioners will get together and talk about the results of a $1-million study on school needs – and that conversation will also be the unofficial kick off of a discussion on how much the schools should ask for in a bond referendum request for 2020.

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Panicked discussions 10 years ago about a critical need for new jail space were unfounded

According to audited stats for fiscal 2017-2018, the average daily inmate population in the county’s two jails was 906, exactly one inmate higher than it was in fiscal 2008-2009. At that time, pro new jail forces led by former Guilford County Sheriff BJ Barnes pushed for a giant new jail, while others – in a very heated debate at the time – argued that the county didn’t need a new jail at all or could suffice with a much smaller jail than the proposed 1,000-plus jail. Guilford County Commissioners Skip Alston and Carolyn Coleman both argued that a jail of that magnitude was not needed and it turns out they were exactly right.

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