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Forsyth Tech at airport among bond proposals
Phtxo by Todd Lock
Transforming the old Sherriff's office building on Third Street into the new home of a merged SciWorks and Children's Museum of
Winston-Salem could be one of several bonds on the November ballot.
BY TODD LUCK
A Forsyth Tech aviation center at the
Smith Reynolds Airport, SciWorks relocat
ing downtown, and a new or renovated
courthouse were among the bond possibil
ities Forsyth County commissioners heard
on Thursday, May 19.
The County Commissioners are con
sidering which proposals they will add to
the November ballot as bond referendums,
which would ask taxpayers if they want to
pay higher taxes to fund them. The com
missioners also have the option of paying
for them with limited liability bonds, in
which the county takes on debt without
voter approval. Commissioners have to
pass a resolution by June 13 for the bonds
they want on the ballot.
Forsyth Technical Community College
President Dr. Gary Green presented a $65
million bond request. This includes hanger
and classroom space at Smith Reynolds
Airport, located off Liberty Street, for a
new program that will prepare students to
work on the mechanical structure of air
planes. He said this can provide skilled,
FAA-certified employees that local avia
tion companies at the airport need.
"This is a valuable project for econom
ic development in our community," said
Among the other Forsyth Tech projects
is renovations at the Oak Gove Center - a
building formerly used as the school sys
tem's Career Center - that includes more
classrooms, a 3-D printing center and other
improvements. The college also wants to
build a new learning commons building
that will contain a new library, which
Green said is needed for the school to con
tinue to be accredited. The money would
also be used to expand the college's
Transportation Technology Center on
SciWorks Director Paul Kortenaar pre
sented a $20 million bond request that
would transform the former Sheriff's
6ffice on Third Street into a museum.
SciWorks, a children's science museum
located on West Hanes Mill Road, is merg
ing with the Children's Museum of
Winston-Salem, currently located on
downtown Liberty Street. He said, along
with a new, more diverse board, the two
meiged museums want a new location in
the former Sheriff's Office. He said the
museums will be doing their own $10 mil
lion capital campaign for exhibits.
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County
Schools asked for a $350 million bond that
will deal with aging buildings and technol
ogy, along with having enough classrooms
to accommodate the growing student body.
It will pay for two new middle schools,
four replacements schools, additions to
four schools and renovations at four oth
ers. It also includes numerous other capital
improvements and new technology at
County Commissioner Everette
Witherspoon said he felt the county owed
the school system the bond, since it has
lower per pupil spending than other urban
counties like Guilford.
"We've short changed education," he
The commissioners heard possibilities
on potential renovations at the Forsyth
County Hall of Justice to deal with space
and repair needs. The most expensive pos
sibility was building a new courthouse for
$145 million on Second Street, which
included a parking deck and walkway to
the neighboring Forsyth County Detention
Center. There was a $142 million option
for a new courthouse to be built on the
parking lot of the current one and the site
of the Piedmont Federal building next
door. There's also a $112 million option
that would add on to the current structure
building a new tower for courtrooms in the
current parking lot while using the old
building for office space.
The commissioners also heard a pro
posal for $10 million for 15 capital proj
ects at the County's park, mostly concen
trated at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons,
and heard about $6.54 million in other cap
ital needs that includes repairs at the deten
tion center and to local libraries.
Seated (L-R) are: Xavier Hayes (The Rita V. Taylor Scholarship winner), his
mother Tasha Hayes, Jason Rowlands (father of Jessica). Back row (L-R) are:
Rudolph V. Boone, Sr. and Jessica Rowlands (winner of the Rudolph V. Boone,
Sr. Scholarship). Both scholarship winners receive $1J)00 each. Not seen on
the picture are scholarship committee co-chairs Florence G. Wiley, Jo Anne
Goetz and president Carolyn Ely. ......
Two receive scholarships from
Retired School Personnel group
SPECIAL TO THE CHRONICLE
The W-S/FC Unit, N.C. Retired School Personnel had its Annual Membership
Luncheon on Wednesday, May 11, at Knoll wood Baptist Church. At that time it awarded
two $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school students.
The two scholarship winners were: Jessica Rowlands, a Glenn High School student
who plans to major in special education. She is the first recipient of "The Rudolph V.
Boone, Sr. Scholarship."
Xavier Hayes is a student at Walkertown High School who plans to major in music
education. Xavier received the Rita V. Taylor Scholarship.
Tasha Hayes and Jason Rowlands, parents of the two award winners, were present to
support their children.
Boone was honored by the unit by renaming one of its scholarships in his name. He:
is a longtime member of the unit, who has served as its president, vice president, pro
gram chairman, community participation chairman, choir director and newsletter editor.
The guest speaker for the event was J. R. Snyder, a WSJS-AM Radio personality. The
program chairman is Roger Scott.
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