Wake County Schools

Wake County hopes to build 24 new schools by 2016

Posted August 7, 2012

Wake County Public School System

— The Wake County school district hopes to build 24 new schools and renovate 28 existing schools over the next four years to accommodate estimated growth in the student population, school system leaders said Tuesday.

The school board plans to ask voters to approve bonds to fund the expansion.

The Wake County Board of Education's Facilities Committee met Tuesday to discuss how the school district will handle the estimated 4,000 new students expected to join the school system each year from 2012-13 to 2016-17.

Construction of an elementary school costs around $25 million and a high school comes with a $75 million price tag, district leaders said.

A bond referendum for school construction and renovation could appear on the Wake County ballot as early as May.

School board committee members said their initial plans are to prepare for a worst-case scenario. They said they realize more discussion is needed before they make final recommendations on how many schools to build and how many to renovate.


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  • driverkid3 Aug 9, 2012

    I think the people that use the schools ought to pay for them. It doesn't seem right to me that everyone else has to pay for kids that people can't afford, whether it be for lunch, books, supplies, schools or anything else.

  • driverkid3 Aug 9, 2012

    markemails::::Are you saying Democrats support people who are breaking the law by being here illegally?

    Well, that's the truth. Do you have a problem with someone telling the truth?

  • Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Aug 8, 2012

    According to WRAL, Wake County Schools has to pay to accommodate people who can't speak English. We have to spend money that could go towards building schools to produce documents in their native language so that they can read them.

    In other words, if you're a American citizen that never learned how to speak English, it's not your problem, it's the taxpayer's problem to solve for you.

    The article says about half of the Latino students have limited proficiency in English, and Legal Aid of North Carolina says the taxpayer's have to accommodate them.

    We're required to build school space for them, spend time and money on documents they can read, but we can't check to see why they don't speak English very well, if at all.

    I suppose the Wake County Board of Education can't figure out that people are tired of paying to give extra support to people who don't even bother to learn how to speak our Country's language.


  • Boycott_WRAL_Advertisers Aug 8, 2012

    About 1 in every 10 students is here illegally.

    We need a bond to pay for finding and deporting people who broke the law by coming here.

    That would make a big dent in both the school overcrowding -and- unemployment problems.

  • cbwojcik5 Aug 8, 2012

    This is hilarious since they cant afford to run the schools we have.

  • babbleon Aug 8, 2012

    "Wake County should do like Johnston County and use the same building plans for each type school. " gsmusty

    'Yup... Each school looks like some design students senior thesis." JustAName

    "as one method to limit costs, WCPSS reuses school building designs, called "prototypes." Reusing designs typically saves between $300,000 and $500,000 in design costs, while allowing for design improvements and modifications. The school system has employed this cost-saving strategy for many years, and in fact, over half of Wake's school buildings are repeated designs."


    Continuing to complain that WCPSS does not re-use designs is getting kinda silly.

  • babbleon Aug 8, 2012

    What will this do to the "current plan" that each child currently is guaranteed a selected "path" of elementary, middle, and high school that that child will attend? skeeter II

    My understanding is that:

    1) Existing students will have the OPTION (but not requirement) to enroll in the new schools

    2) New students will be routed to these schools first.

    They did actually think about that, because growth is the real issue in Wake Co, not bussing.

  • babbleon Aug 8, 2012

    While you are at it trying to raise taxes for NEW schools, think about renovating and expanding older schools...It ain't that hard McFly. momotwins

    From the story: 'and renovate 28 existing schools'

    Try reading more than the headlines.

  • autismawareness Aug 8, 2012

    where are all these kids coming from? can't be that many moving here with no houses selling.

  • Evolve Aug 8, 2012

    Sure am glad I moved out of Wake to Johnston... specifically because of the school issues!