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Wake school board, commissioners to meet on school bond

Posted December 11, 2012

— Leaders of the Wake County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education will meet next week to discuss a potential $1 billion bond referendum to build 25 new schools over the next ten years.

Both boards recently elected new leaders – Keith Sutton to the school board and Joe Bryan to the county commission.

The school board says school construction is needed to ease overcrowding and prepare for the projected influx of 3,000 to 5,000 new students entering the school system each year.

In September, former County Commission Chairman Paul Coble put off any discussion of the school construction bond after the school board's controversial decisions to scrap its "controlled-choice" student assignment plan and to fire Superintendent Tony Tata.

Bryan, however, said last week that working with the school board is top on his priority list. 

"It's my goal to re-establish and restore important partnerships with the school system as we move forward on education bonds for next fall,” he said in a statement.

The meeting is scheduled for Dec. 21.


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  • heisenberg Dec 12, 2012

    No way a school bond will pass

  • A_Patriot Dec 12, 2012




  • common_sense_plz Dec 12, 2012

    I will vote NO on any bond for wake county schools as long as the current board members are on the BOE.

  • superman Dec 12, 2012

    Vote "NO" and then ask the County Commissioners to cut all funding to the public schools. Reminds me of when I was a child and I got mad with my parents and I wouldnt eat dinner. I wasnt a rocket scientist but I soon realized that the person I was hurting the most was myself. It takes 3 to 5 years to build a school so this is not a fast fix. If the need for new schools is really there whether you vote for a bond issue or not wont make any difference. The CC will give the schools the money and raise property taxes. This is just far more than just Tata who wasnt qualified to run a 3rd class dog fight. How about Dr. Burns, the board put him on administrative leave and paid him 150k. I never read anything from the principals or support people when Tata was released. Just hope they stop all funding to the schools and they will have to close their doors to public education.

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 11, 2012

    My child is no longer n WCPSS but I personally will vote Yes on school bond. With the grow, we do need it.

  • Da Toy Maker Dec 11, 2012


    You do realize NC has quite low per student spending, right? Wake county happens to be lowest amount Durham, Orange, and Johnston county.

  • westernwake1 Dec 11, 2012

    "GOOD LUCK getting voters to agree giving any more money to these folks. Support for more bond money went with Tata. LOL." -mep

    Unfortunately that seems to be the exact same feedback that I get from my neighbors.

    Unless the school board can restore confidence and appoint a Superintendent that the public will support, the bond vote is likely to go down in flames. Everyone in my community voted "Yes" on previous bond issues (most have kids in school). At a Christmas party discussion this past weekend, I was the only one who would vote "Yes" on a school bond issue. I was actually surprised at this feedback and most people cited the firing of Tata as the turning point that soured them on supporting a bond issue.

  • mep Dec 11, 2012

    GOOD LUCK getting voters to agree giving any more money to these folks. Support for more bond money went with Tata. LOL.

  • PackDaddy Dec 11, 2012

    VOTE NO!!!! Enough is enough. Its time the libs understand that their actions have consequences. Why is it the Dems have had control of the education system in this state for almost 100 years but we still rank at the bottom. This is undeniable.... Their answer is to always ask for more money.... BTW, the last thing we need is for more people to move here...

  • westernwake1 Dec 11, 2012

    I would urge everyone to vote "Yes" on the upcoming school bond. It is clear that the student population in Wake County is growing and more schools will be needed. The most cost effective way to finance capital construction is via bonds.

    I will expect that the Wake County School System can fully explain how the money is being spent before the bond is put up for a vote. Hopefully this meeting with the Wake County Board of Commissioners moves the process along and helps to properly define the financial information.