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July 26: The school board approved a $677 million budget without knowing what was in it. Several days before the July 26 meeting revealed that, despite the fact that the North Carolina General Assembly had approved the state budget, the Finance Department couldn't produce basic fiscal numbers, including the total amount of the Guilford County Schools
budget, the amount of state funding Guilford County Schools
was getting and the amount of federal funding it would get.
Despite dire early warnings, Guilford County Schools
didn't lose any teachers. All Guilford County Schools
employees except for Green, who makes $250,000 a year, got a 1.2 percent salary increase.
July 26: The Guilford County school board approved, on a 6-to-4 vote, a motion by school board Chairman Alan Duncan, who himself opposed the plan, to hand-pick the bidders for a long list of small construction projects as an "experiment."
July 26: School board members Kris Cooke and Darlene Garrett broke ranks to question the $488,737 attributed to the phantom airport area high school, and school board member Ed Price suggested scrapping the airport area high school project altogether and using the money to fix the county's already existing schools, some of which are in disgraceful shape.
August 9: After a turbulent tenure that began only in September 2010, Guilford County Schools
Chief Operations Officer Andy LaRowe announced he would retire effective Sept. 4, 2012.
August 16: School board member Amos Quick proposed steering business to black-owned banks. On July 24, Quick and school board members Sandra Alexander, Carlvena Foster and Deena Hayes, the four black board members, wrote School Superintendent Mo Green and recently appointed Guilford County Schools
Chief Financial Officer Angie Henry, asking the school system to deposit money in the Greensboro branch of Durham-based Mechanics and Farmers Bank.
August 23: Having underestimated the backlash from their constituents, members of the Guilford County school board's Donated Funds for Construction Committee scrapped the proposal to tax private donations for construction from PTAs, community groups, booster clubs and private individuals by between 50 percent and 75 percent.
August 30: Guilford County Schools
claimed that Farley Associates Inc. of Indian Land, South Carolina, the contractor on the $25 million McNair Elementary School at 4603 Yanceyville Road, defaulted on its contract with the school system. The recovery plan for the construction project, originally scheduled to be finished on July 18, 2012, estimated that the school would be substantially complete "no later than October 31, 2012." That date later slipped to February 2013.
September 6: Green, after four years, rolled out his plan to address the "achievement gap" between black male students and white students. Six elementary schools would make a concerted effort to address literacy problems among black male students: Allen Jay, Fairview, Irving Park, Montlieu, Peck and Sedgefield.
September 13: The Grimsley High School swimming pool, owned by the City of Greensboro, not Guilford County Schools
, and which was closed in 2011, headed for death after Greensboro Mayor Robbie Perkins said he supported demolishing it.
September 11: The school board voted 8 to 0 to consider overriding the way it invests taxpayer money in an effort to steer money to Mechanics and Farmers Bank.
Sept. 25: Work to replace the leaky roof at Allen Jay Elementary School in High Point was stopped in its tracks because the new roof was not designed to meet the State of North Carolina's building code, according to High Point officials.
October 2: In an email to Guilford County Schools
administrators and school board members, Guilford County Schools
Chief of Staff Nora Carr wrote that construction at the High Point Central gym wouldn't be finished until mid-December, "delaying use of the gymnasium until after the winter break."
October 20: Members of the Allen Jay Alumni Association, High Point Mayor Becky Smothers and North Carolina National Register Coordinator Ann Swallow gathered at the 1939 Allen Jay Rock Gym, built as a Works Progress Administration project, to celebrate the gym being placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The school board, with its usual politically tone-deaf timing, on Oct. 9, voted to postpone a $1.9 million renovation of the gym.
October 29: The Guilford County school board held a meeting at High Point Central High School to try to pacify angry parents after a second major delay of the $5.3 million project to renovate the High Point Central gym. Guilford County school board Chairman Alan Duncan called the project a train wreck.
November 6: Incumbent Guilford County school board member Sandra Alexander beat back a challenge by Pat Tillman, getting 52 percent of the vote, to keep her at-large seat. Tillman received 48 percent of the vote.
November 8: The Guilford County school board named the new southeast Guilford County elementary school after Dr. George C. Simkins Jr. on a 5-to-4 vote. Simkins was a Greensboro dentist who filed several lawsuits against segregation in Greensboro, including Simkins v. Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital, which went to the US Supreme Court and desegregated hospitals nationwide.
November 15: High Point Central High School parents and supporters told Guilford County School board members at a public forum at High Point Central that the condition of the historic high school, built in 1926, was a galloping disgrace.
December 6: Guilford County Schools
announced that the High Point Central High School boys' varsity basketball team wouldn't be playing any home games during the 2012-2013 school year at all.
December 13: Green's administration killed the effort by the Guilford County school board's four black members to divert taxpayer money from the banks Guilford County Schools
usually uses to Mechanics and Farmers Bank.
December 20: Members of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church on Johnson Street in High Point, which is building a new school, proposed that Guilford County Schools
buy the church's old school and convert it into a new home for The Academy at Central.