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Garner, Wake School Officials Discuss Future High School

Posted May 31, 2007

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— A special meeting Thursday nigh brought Wake County School leaders to Garner.

The purpose was to talk about a 72-acre lot along Old Garner Road. The district wants to put a new high school there. The land alone would cost $3.7 million, but town leaders aren't sold on the idea.

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams said he has concerns about the increasing traffic in that area.

“I don’t think it’s conducive to a high school,” he said.

Trucks that exit the concrete mixing plant just across the street is just one concern. Town leaders also fear the school won't fit with downtown development efforts, and there's the ongoing debate over reassignment.

Garner town leaders, Wake County school board members and school staff went parcel by parcel, mapping out and laying out the equation they use to find land for schools all over the county.

Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Michael Burriss said the district recognizes there would need to be improvements, starting with the road. Garner town leaders say if this project goes forward, they just want to be a part of the process.

The school would hold an estimated 2,200 students. And while school leaders are in the process of buying the land now, the high school won't be finished until 2011 at the earliest.

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  • ALJ Jun 1, 2007

    And... I didn't say anything about the way anyone dressed. That has nothing to do with the issue. The issue is smart development that will benefit the community long term. Garner's growth indicates a need to a new high school. I just disagree with that particular tract of land

  • ALJ Jun 1, 2007

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    I grew up on Rock Quarry Road, which is what I would consider Southeast Raleigh. I was not in anyway being racist. I was agreeing with a previous comment that lower income students were bused into Garner when there were closer, and sometimes better schools available..ie Enloe, Southeast Raleigh High. I think you are being a little too judgmental of me. I never said that everyone from that area was lower income..it was a broad statement. Chill. The fact of the matter is that with East Garner Middle and whatever school is being built now on Jones Sausage Road, traffic is already an issue. Until the Town of Garner can widen the road, adding a high school in that location is just not a smart move. Try sitting in traffic for 30 minutes at one light to get to school in the mornings (when I did it 10 years ago it was bad enough).

  • lboyette Jun 1, 2007

    Your behavior or how you dress does not describe what is in your bank accounts. In that case would it be fair to say to a kid who wears run down birkenstocks that he or she is lower income,or the children who dress in goth, are all trouble maker serial killers to be...

  • lboyette Jun 1, 2007

    WHY WHY WHY?SAR?ALJ what is going on hear.First of all you can't judge a book by it's cover..You are so judgemental it is sad..You don't understand how your underestimating what these childrens parents make for a living by where they live.I make excellent money but I prefer living in Southeast raleigh to get more house for what I pay.Think before you write.

  • lboyette Jun 1, 2007

    ALJ--"I do feel that lower income students are bused into Garner. Don't get me wrong, lower income students deserve just as good of an education as anyone and prob. need it more, but I don't agree that the site selected is appropiate. Old Garner road already has congestion issues around the intersection with Jones Sausage Road. " What does someones income have to do with the city needing a new school.How do you determine who is of lower income?< is there a bar code scanner on your front porch?That statement was out of line and racist.

  • poohperson Jun 1, 2007

    My little Fuquay is booming!! We are already gettin a new elem school. Bring it on, we will take nice new schools for our kids.

  • superman Jun 1, 2007

    I guess it would be pretty easy to find 72 acres of land to build a new school-- maybe build it in Fuquay and bus the students. Land is becoming more scare and 72 acre site would be difficult to find-- And if the school board waits a developer will buy the land and build houses and then Garner town officials be crying that they need a new school. I would not be on the school board no matter what they paid me-- and remember - they serve the public-- they do not get paid. The Board of Education members are doing a great public service for all of us.

  • ALJ Jun 1, 2007

    I grew up in Garner and graduated from GSHS in 1997. I now own my own home in an older section of Garner. I do feel that lower income students are bused into Garner. Don't get me wrong, lower income students deserve just as good of an education as anyone and prob. need it more, but I don't agree that the site selected is appropiate. Old Garner road already has congestion issues around the intersection with Jones Sausage Road. I think wcss would be wiser to build a new high school somewhere off of HWY 50 toward the Cleveland area.
    Ronnie Williams does a good job as mayor, and although I do not agree with some of the development (like the 800 drug stores on Timber Drive) I feel that he has done good things as mayor. The need for a new high school has nothing to do with the look of the existing GSHS (which I hate that they changed it to Garner Magnet)..it is to accomodate growth in the county and is needed.

  • poohperson Jun 1, 2007

    FOr the life of me, I do not see why a "blue collar" comunity would have such a negative view of low income families. Most people who are blue collar struggle to make ends meet at one time or another.

  • Lookelou Jun 1, 2007

    Whats the problem, their mascot could be the Brick Masons.

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