Parents and students at Grimsley High School questioned Guilford County Schools Board members on Saturday about the future of their baseball and softball fields
GREENSBORO, NC — The community of Grimsley has been pushing members of the Guilford County Schools Board for answers about its plan to rebuild a school on the high school’s baseball and softball fields.
The GCS board plans to go ahead with a construction project that would place Kiser Middle School where two of Grimsley’s sports grounds are currently located. Kiser is one of eight schools being rebuilt with the $300 million bond approved in 2020. The architects said in March the only possible location for it was on Grimsley Fields.
Parents and high school students met with board members on Saturday to demand answers for the future of their sports fields. Organizers said in an Instagram post that they wanted to see an option presented that does not result in the displacement of any students.
“This for the students who are still here and the students who are going to come here,” said one of the attendees.
Brandy Adams, parent of Grimsley and Chairman of the Sports Recall Club, said: “We still have a lot of questions like where our athletes will train and play, there is no plan when our grounds will be rebuilt, there is no “There’s no money and there’s way too many questions about whether they find a place for us to train and play, we don’t even know how our student-athletes will get there.”
School board member Pat Tillman says he’s working on a way to ease the transition, including selling unused properties to start raising money to rebuild the fields.
“[GCS board member] Deborah [Napper] and I put us in that box, know that,” Tillman said. “We’re going to help get out of it.”
Construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2022, and officials said it will take until 2025 to build new fields.
GCS officials said they were working on a shared use agreement with the Greensboro Department of Parks and Recreation, but did not elaborate on specifics.