Wake County Schools

Commissioners question plans for new schools

Posted February 17, 2014

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— Wake County commissioners on Monday questioned school board members on their plans to build new schools.

Disagreements between commissioners and the school board have held those plans up. School staffers say any further delays could affect the scheduled openings of those schools.

The meeting came as both groups promised to improve relations with each other. They will have another joint meeting on Friday.

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  • Mannin Black Feb 18, 2014
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    No. That is called bad parenting. Nothing to do with school. The school is responsible to teach what's 1 + 1. The rest is up to the parents to teach what is right and wrong.

  • Mannin Black Feb 18, 2014
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    Excellent comment. As a person who studied architecture, designs for new schools could allow room for expansion at a later time. For example, there is only a need for a two-story structure presently, but the design would allow stackable expansion at a later date. The footprint is there, utilities already provided and it would a lot faster.

  • mafiamic Feb 18, 2014

    Wake County commissioners on Monday questioned school board members on their plans to build new schools.

    Because they don't believe in education and educating kids,which is why the highest number of shootings and crimes are done by teenagers and more people being put in jail are teenagers.

  • Chris Vet Feb 18, 2014
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    Do they know it's possible to build a school with more than one story in this state?

  • Matt Wood Feb 18, 2014
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    I, too, would be interested in finding out where you got that number.

    Also, to claim a lowered birth rate means less kids in school is ridiculous! It completely ignores that Wake County is the fastest growing county in the country (there are other ways people get here besides birth, you know). It also ignores that birth rates are reported per capita, so if the population is growing via immigration then there are still more total births than the birth rate may imply.

    Finally, your claim there are no open teacher positions is completely bogus! See http://www.wcpss.net/careers/open-jobs/teacher.html

    Stop spreading false information! smh

  • Mannin Black Feb 18, 2014
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    Which wake county schools sit 60% empty?

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 18, 2014

    Your tax dollars wasted... er I mean at work...

  • Matt Price Feb 18, 2014
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    I would question it too since there is a drop in the number of people having babies. There is a race to build schools while schools sit 60% empty.

    So the question is - if you fill the other 40% of the other schools - what impact does it have? Does it cover all of those folks?

    People are rushing to Wake County Schools to teach because the pay is better - so you don't have a teacher shortage. In fact, last time I looked there wasn't teachers listed on their job board.

  • John Paul Bertke Feb 18, 2014
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    "Very thorough, informative article" - miseem

    :-) I have to agree! I thoroughly enjoyed the nuanced if lengthy discussion about the complex relationship between a progressive school board and obstructionist commission. Especially appreciated the insights into how each of these individuals will mine their collective experience and creativity to find common ground.

  • miseem Feb 18, 2014

    Very thorough, informative article.