THOMASVILLE — An advanced manufacturing program that could soon come to Thomasville High School was brought before the Davidson County Board of Commissioners earlier this month.

TCS Superintendent Cate Gentry presented to the board a proposal for what could be a nearly $3 million construction project for a CTE building. Winston-Salem-based Walter Robb, a school construction and renovation company, issued a report on the possible renovation to the high school, which is more than 60 years old.

Commissioners provided a consensus for a $500,000 contribution from money already built into the budget for capital education projects. That money will go toward basic needs and existing conditions of the building, which include roof, elevator/ADA ramp and below-grade waterproofing ($400,000); plumbing ($500,000); mechanical ($900,000 to $1.75 million); electrical ($200,000 to $275,000); alarm, data and security ($75,000). The total cost associated the project is estimated at $2-3 million.

“We have made a very concerted effort to flip that conversation about life after high school,” Gentry said. “Our goal … is that they not only have their academic path completed, but something in that technical range to take with them when they graduate.”

A total of $231,167 had already been allotted to this project. According to commissioners and Gentry, the project represents a potential boon for the county’s three school systems.

“It’s almost impossible for any one high school to provide all the opportunities,” Gentry said. “But if we did have that hub that did provide all those opportunities and did benefit all of the students in the county, I think everybody’s long-term goal is headed in that direction.”

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at

Staff writer Daniel Kennedy can be reached at 336-888-3578, or at