Guilford County Commissioners unanimously spike the GCS’ request for $2.2 million for the culinary arts academy at High Point Central.
The cruel irony here is the commission had granted the school system the money in an earlier vote, but commissioner Bruce Davis rescinded his vote before it was tabled for tonight’s meeting.
Davis, citing the low pay in the food service industry, was able to convince his fellow commissioners the $2 million was way too much money to spend in order to add 50 more students to the ongoing program at Central.Why steer students in that direction when the money could be used to help steer students toward more lucrative careers, Davis asked.
For now, the program will go on, but I got the impression from school board chairman Alan Duncan that its future is in doubt. That said, GCS is still committed to academy-style education at Central. And given the system’s urgent construction needs, there seems little doubt school officials will be making the same request at a later date.