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Renovated Raleigh elementary school adjusts to cuts

Posted August 24, 2009

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— Lacy Elementary reopened Monday after a $22 million rebuilding project that almost didn’t happen.

Lacy Elementary, 2001 Lake Boone Trail, started the project in April 2008 to add new classrooms and upgrades to the playground and parking area.

When budget cuts forced a lot of schools construction projects to be put on hold, Principal Marcia Alford said the school’s project was “on the bubble.”

Lacy Elementary in Raleigh Raleigh school reopens

The construction was funded by Wake County as part of a 2006 school bond referendum.

“We were far enough along that it would be more expensive to stop it, so we were able to continue,” Alford said.

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Last week, Lacy Elementary reduced its budget after more than $35 million in state funding cuts. There were losses in technology, books, transportation and employees, Alford said.

“There is no way to get around having fewer people in the building,” Alford said. “You are going to see classes that are a little larger and some classes that do not have full-time assistants.”

Wake County Schools Superintendent Del Burns said parents around the district will notice other things missing too.

“We are going to see some electives not being offered in some of our secondary schools and we are going to see some reduction in services as a result,” Burns said.

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  • Fun Aug 24, 2009

    Calling Lacy a "renovation" is inaccurate. It was a complete new structure and demolition of the old school. $22 million bucks I heard. Seems mighty wasteful to me. But Im a product of the old Lacy and Mrs Peele

  • imtiredofit Aug 24, 2009

    One thing I didn't see in this report is what schedule will this school be operating under? Since this school is now considered a new school, having gone thru a complete renovation it should qualify under Wake County School guidelines as a year round school. Is it? And if not why not? Given the stressed budget of the school system a year round school is the most cost efficient solution for this school.