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School board to ask Cary for help or waiver on school road project

Posted November 20, 2008

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— Wake County school leaders will ask Cary's town council Thursday evening to pick up the tab for road improvements required to expand Panther Creek High School or to waive them.

Because the current fiscal crisis has made it difficult to sell bonds for the $1.4 million road expansion along N.C. Highway 55 from McCrimmon Parkway to N.C. Highway 540, Wake school leaders say, they don't have the money to pay for it.

The school system wants to open three modular units in January on the Panther Creek campus to provide 22 extra classrooms to ease crowding. This school year, there are 530 more students than the school's 1,663-student capacity.

The school system applied for a building permit in May, and a traffic study determined the section of N.C. 55 needed widening to handle the increased traffic.

"I don't think it was ever anticipated it would ever be that amount of roadwork that had to be done," Wake County Board of Education member Ron Margiotta said.

Last week, the Cary council's Planning and Development Committee recommended denying a waiver, but some Town Council members said Thursday they hope to work out a compromise with the school system.

One option, they said, could be to give the school system up to three years to make the road improvements.

Cary, which has given $63 million to schools since 2000, also has a tight town budget, some council members said.

"So, it's pretty hard to fault them (Cary Town Council members) for being unwilling to pick up the $1.4 million," Margiotta said.

Some Cary parents say that in the end, students pay the price for poor planning.

"In effect, what they're doing is creating an impasse – a very dangerous impasse – which is preventing these trailers from going in," Panther Creek parent Joe Ciulla said.


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  • My5cents Nov 20, 2008

    I can’t believe that this school system whose sole purpose is to educate students did not have the expertise to understand traffic patterns and road construction costs. Hey, did you get the sarcasm. The traffic study was only requested before the school year started. It needed to be completed before the town of Cary would issue permits for the modular units. All the school system wants to do is put in the modular to accommodate for the student growth this year. What does that really have to do with widening a stretch of road out on Rt 55. I’ve had enough of all you school system bashers and even you lottery bashers. The statements a lot of you people make are just ignorant.

  • colliedave Nov 20, 2008

    I don't think it was ever anticipated it would ever be that amount of roadwork that had to be done," Wake County Board of Education member Ron Margiotta said

    Proves the WCPSS bored doesn't have a clue on how to run a business: and, therefore has no clue on how to run a school system. Do they not know of a product planing system called "the critical path method"? I am sure there exists software that covers the task?

  • 0down Nov 20, 2008

    The best way for the school system to cut their budget is to cut some of the upper management and cut the pay of many of the principals and vice principals that make 100,000 a year in the school system.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Nov 20, 2008

    If Cary wants the road improvements, they should pay for it.

    Cary's request seems like overkill and very opportunistic at the expense of WCPSS.

    With all of the development in that area, the road needed to be widened by the Town of Cary even before WCPSS made it's request.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 20, 2008

    Shut it all down and send the money with the students.

  • AWakeMom Nov 20, 2008

    miketroll - an "award for school excelence"?? You must be a product of the WCPSS Education System.

  • miketroll3572 Nov 20, 2008

    Same here PLCLBF, tighten the belt WCPSS. You have wasted money long enough and your performance is still under par......way under par. I wonder why the WCPSS has not gotten an award for school excelence like hunt?

  • IzzMad2016 Nov 20, 2008

    The NC Lottery has disbursed over 600 MILLION dollars to the NC school system. Might be a good idea for adminstrators to use those funds to help build the necessary roads. As a taxpayer I'm about tapped out for a while.