County OKs land deal for Wake high school

Posted July 6, 2010

— Wake County commissioners on Tuesday approved a nearly $4.3 million land acquisition for what will be the Wake County Public School System's largest high school.

Last month, the Wake school board voted to pursue a 143.26-acre contract on Rolesville Road at the intersection of Quarry Road, northeast of Raleigh.

The school system had already spent $8 million on a site on Forestville Road but abandoned it in January because of concerns about traffic congestion, accessibility to roads and cost overruns.

School system staff have estimated that the new site, known as H-6, would cost an additional $15.4 million.

County commissioners voted 4-3 in favor of the land deal.

School staff said that appraisal estimates of about $30,000 per acre put the cost at about $4 million less than other locations.

Plans have the school, which could be named Rolesville High School, could open as early as 2013 and hold 2,200 students.

County OKs land deal for Wake high school County OKs land deal for Wake high school


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  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jul 7, 2010

    by "this one" I was referring to the OLD site.

    Sorry for any confusion.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jul 7, 2010

    I don't know about the particular site, but I know there were other locations "considered" before this one was rammed thru.

    I suggest you follow the money to see why.

    Kudos to the new board for taking the heat and correcting a poor decision made by others.

  • town guy Jul 7, 2010

    It seems clear that the new site is better suited for a high school, but remember - this site wasn't for sale when WCPSS was buying the F'ville road site years ago. It was only after the economy tanked that it became available.

  • klink Jul 7, 2010

    Das G --- That is exactly what i was going to point out. Thank You!

  • b5fan Jul 7, 2010

    Corinth-Holders High and Cleveland High schools are scheduled to be opened this fall in Johnston County.

  • Das G Jul 7, 2010

    "$8 million spent on an abandoned sight????? Really???? And they just get away with that? Talk about criminal!!"

    You do realize it was the old school board that bought that site right? The new school board is cleaning up that mess of a decision. That was an absolute horrible place to put a school. And as you can see they didn't get away with it because the majority of them got voted out of office.

  • IMO Jul 7, 2010

    We don't need more public schools!?? Do you live in Wake County??? Our schools get more overcrowded every day that our school board and the economy delay more construction. This is long overdue, and unfortunate that time and money was wasted on the first site. At least it's finally underway, and will probably be overcrowded the day it opens.

  • keneds Jul 7, 2010

    I hope William Barber was informed about this before hand...LOL
    he is to busy right now but it will give him something to do this fall....more media time

  • Hasbeen Jul 7, 2010

    In the boonies, no money, no teachers, blah, blah, blah. I would think the board and staff has taken a few minutes to research the need and resources of the future. There is a future you know. We won't be stuck in recession 2010 forever. You prepare now for when things recover and the growth takes off again.

  • wakemom Jul 7, 2010

    Downtown schools won't be vacant. Let the neighbor"hood" kids go there. Schools need to be built where the growth and population is, and that isn't downtown Raleigh.

    and we're off!