Construction, overcrowding pose problems for Wake schools

Posted January 19

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— Themes for Tuesday night’s Wake County school board meeting may sound familiar as crowding in schools and the growing cost of construction were up for discussion.

The crowding is evident in an increase in the number of capped schools, which will have limits placed on their populations. For the 2016-2017 school year, 15 schools will be capped, which is up from 11 schools last year.

Not only is space tight in some places, but construction money is tight, too. A 2013 building bond is not going as far as district leaders had hoped. A construction project at Garner High School, for example, is more than $7 million over budget.

District staff members said the cost of construction is on the rise. A vote Tuesday night could reallocate millions of dollars to keep other projects on track.


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  • Matt Wood Jan 20, 2016
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    Well, when the population is growing exponentially like it is in Wake County, there is always going to be the need for more space, which will mean more money will always be needed. You can't expect to serve a growing student population by cutting the budget.

  • Ryan Kurtz Jan 20, 2016
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    I just don't understand why they don't take as many K-8 schools as possible, regardless of what gripes parents may have, and make them in to Year-Round schools. It frees up 25% of population, and those buildings are used all year instead of going dormant for 2-3 months. It's insanity the amount of money we pour into building new schools! To parents: Sorry, if you don't like the year-round system for whatever reason it may be, you just have to get over it, we are being bilked of a lot of money as taxpayers, and I'm sick of throwing billions of dollars every couple of years on bonds to this liberal Wake County school board to blindly go out and spend my money on wasteful infrastructure when a more cost saving option is right in front of them with the year-round option.

  • Rudy Bizzell Jan 20, 2016
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    They will never have enough money. My boss would say poor planning on your part does not make emergencies on mine.

  • Tom Boswell Jan 19, 2016
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    Voters in 2013 gave them a billion dollars increasing our real estate 9%. Well Folks here come next November another at least another billion bond.