Construction, overcrowding pose problems for Wake schools
Posted January 19, 2016
Cary, N.C. — 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.