Wake County Schools

Wake commissioners still want say in building schools

Posted November 17, 2013

Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley

— The Wake County Board of Commissioners will take up a new proposal Monday on who controls construction of Wake County public schools.

According to the board's agenda, Commissioner Tony Gurley is proposing a plan for the board and the Wake County Board of Education to share control over school construction and school maintenance.

Who should control those matters has been a bitter issue between the two boards.

Gurley maintains that commissioners would be more fiscally responsible in operating the assets and that the shift would allow the school board to concentrate on policy and curriculum.

A bill in the General Assembly to give county commissioners control of school construction failed in the summer.

School board Chairman Keith Sutton said Sunday that he was aware of the measure but didn't know about it prior to it appearing on the commissioner's agenda.

"We have not had a chance to discuss this as a board, and therefore (I'm) not in the position to give an appropriate response at this time," he said.

Sutton, however, has previously opposed giving county commissioners full control of managing schools, saying the school board has more experience.

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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Nov 19, 2:25 p.m.

    Alex25 said, “Same 3 blue prints for ALL schools. Same set of plan for all elementary, same set for all middle and same set for all high schools. SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY, PLEASE!”

    Yes, AND then build something that won’t have to be replaced in a few decades, something that doesn’t leak air like a sieve, that doesn’t employ an army of maintenance folks, that can actually stand up to natural disasters...AND something that pays for itself in less than 30 years in saved energy costs.

    Am I missing something? Why would anyone be against these?...because they *look* a little different? I mean, jet planes don’t look like prop planes either...cars don’t look like horse & buggies...

    Can we just act like someone who cares and at least LOOK at the POSSIBILITY of building these schools that other States swear by?

    This will save us Millions $$ and really protect our children.

  • miseem Nov 18, 7:30 p.m.

    Just keep passing the school bonds Wake County voters, that is all they need from you. Not your input or opinion, just your yes vote.
    NoTimeForStupidity.

    Looks like the Wake County voters did express their opinion, quite dramatically. Just didn't happen to coincide with yours, so obviously, they are uninformed.

  • miseem Nov 18, 7:27 p.m.

    Perhaps growing an existing school could be an answer? dsdaughtry.

    So, what's the magic number for an elementary school? 600 students, 800, 1,200, 2,000?. Now remember, for each additional student, you need additional cafeteria space, parking for teachers and visitors, library, media and computer facilities,restrooms, even playground and indoor exercise areas. Sounds great, let's just add more classrooms (or pack more kids into the classrooms we have), but it's not that simple, or cheap, to expand existing facilities.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Nov 18, 7:03 p.m.

    Just keep passing the school bonds Wake County voters, that is all they need from you. Not your input or opinion, just your yes vote.

  • krimson Nov 18, 3:26 p.m.

    BeauPeep: "I don't understand that."

    Yeah, I don't either... It is, however, interesting to see who in the Political Arena receives money from Developers, and who benefits from the laws being such...

  • taylor3297 Nov 18, 3:17 p.m.

    Same 3 blue prints for ALL schools. Same set of plan for all elementary, same set for all middle and same set for all high schools.

    SAVE TAXPAYER MONEY, PLEASE!
    Alex25

    Actually, the schools system does reuse plans for schools if the land purchase can accommodate the building. In some cases, the plans are tweaked in order to make it fit. There are some cases where new plans have to be drawn up depending on the property.

  • beaupeep Nov 18, 2:41 p.m.

    Who is the vendor for Home Base?
    Home Base encompasses instructional improvement system and student information system components (IIS). In September 2012, NC began transitioning to a new SIS by upgrading from NC WISE to Pearson's PowerSchool product. In December 2012, NCDPI awarded a contract to Pearson for the instruction, assessment and dashboard components of the IIS. In February 2013, NCDPI signed a contract with Public Consulting Group and Truenorthlogic, partnering vendors for the educator evaluation and professional development components of the IIS.

    http://www.ncpublicschools.org/homebase/faq/overall/

  • beaupeep Nov 18, 2:39 p.m.

    "Impact Fees for Education have been deemed Unconstitutional by the NC Supreme Court."

    I don't understand that. In the state that I grew up in, donation of 10% land or a like sum of money was required to be donated for parks, schools, etc. for any new development.

  • beaupeep Nov 18, 2:37 p.m.

    "The WCPSS was mandated to use the new Power School system (by the McCroy administration) ..."

    Wrong. Nice try though. This change was mandated during the Perdue reign of incompetence.

  • Honesty first Nov 18, 2:16 p.m.

    The WCPSS was mandated to use the new Power School system (by the McCroy administration) as was every system in the state. Someone needs to find out what Pearson did to get a contract for a system that does not work. Many systems has a disaster in putting schedules together when school started. How much was paid and has Pearson been a contributor to any political campaigns. They administer most all of the test that are required for licensure for many professions in NC.
    Their system does bout half of what it is supposed to be able to do. DId we pay the full amount for half a broken system?

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