Letters for May 14, 2008


From the school board

Guilford County Schools would like to thank all of the teachers, administrators, staff and the citizens of Guilford County who went to the polls. The district respects the decision of everyone who voted.

The community understands that our needs are real. Since 2000, the district has grown by 9,365 students. Historically, GCS has added between 1,200 and 1,500 students on average each year. In addition, there are more than 600 mobile classrooms currently utilized as educational spaces throughout the district.

The 2008 bond package contains 27 projects, which include five new schools and more than 6,500 new student seats. Thirteen schools will receive major renovations and additions.

This bond addresses: overcrowding, growth and aging facilities. Of the prioritized list of projects, 93.5 percent of the request relieves overcrowding, 3.5 percent targets repairs and renovations and 3 percent is for district-wide improvements to heating and air conditioning systems.

GCS is excited to start working on these projects, which will be scheduled according to the priority list.

For additional information, visit the GCS website at

Eric Becoats and Sharon Ozment

The writers are co-interim superintendents at Guilford County Schools.

Singin’ the blues

Dear Charles,

On behalf of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society and President Casey Hazelman, thank you for your presenting sponsorship of the 22nd Annual Carolina Blues Festival.

Your generous sponsorship allowed us to return to a six-band format for this year’s event. Because of your tireless job promoting our festival through ads, internet, posters and the tremendous festival guide, we were able to get the word out about this great festival like never before.

Your idea of a poster design contest was a home run. We got a great design from a talented young artist and it made our event look terrific!

Thank you again, Charles!


John Amberg


The writer is the festival chairman of the Piedmont Blues Preservation Society.

From the best

It in indeed an honor to have been named “best broadcast DJ” by the readers of YES! Weekly [“Triad’s best 2008; May 7, 2008]. I’d like to thank everyone who voted. I shall do my best to keep earning your votes every single morning (except Mondays… they’re kind of slow. Oh, and Fridays too… our minds tend to wander on Fridays). But you know what I mean. So, thanks again.


Chris Demm

The writer is a co-host of “2 Guys Named Chris” on Rock 92.


I wanted to thank all who voted for me in the current readers poll in which I was voted best percussionist! May God bless each of you for even noticing me in the first place!

YES! Weekly has been very kind to me lately with an article on my Clang Quartet show in April, a review of my band Benj-O-matic’s current CD just recently, and now this honor from the readers!

Thank you again and God bless all of you.

Scotty Irving