Raleigh, N.C. — 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.