Wake County Schools

Wake school board to spend $2.8M for future school property in Cary

Posted November 5, 2013
Updated November 6, 2013

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— The Wake County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to spend nearly $2.8 million to purchase a 22.38-acre piece of land in southwest Cary for the site of a future elementary school.

The land is south of Morrisville Parkway and west of White Oak Church Road. The approved purchase will come from dollars made available from the Plan 2006 bond funds, school leaders said.

The school board also passed a resolution to name the Career and Technical Education high school for the late Vernon Malone, the first chairman of the merged Wake school system.

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  • caryzoo Nov 14, 2013

    I think the school board might want to spend their money a little more wisely. Cary High School, my daughter's school...is as dangerous an environment as it can be. My daughter's 2 best friends were hit by a car last week. This makes 3 kids hit since the start of school. The boy hit shortly after school started is STILL in a wheelchair. The current principal does not care about the safety of kids in his school. He DOES get drug sniffing dogs in...he just can't seem to do anything about kid's getting hurt, killed and maimed around his school. The Wake County School Board NEEDS to get cross guards and officers there to make sure our children are safe. If they have the money for drug sniffing dogs...they have the money for cross guards. My opinion, but a very valid point, only.

  • Krimson Nov 8, 2013

    "isn't very clear on her facts"

    I'm a male...

    And I suppose we both stand corrected.

  • superman Nov 8, 2013

    Buying 23 acres in an area where a school needs to be built is not going to be cheap. Anyone who has that much land to sell is going to hold off for a very good price. Every school should be year round but then the board is more interested in pleasing the parents than they are about education.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Nov 7, 2013

    twitts1000, whose screen name can't be used by the users, isn't very clear on her facts.

    They "reverted" less than five of those schools back to a normal schedule, the rest are still costing the tax payers plenty. The school board isn't willing to fill those schools, so they have no intentions of creating more. Nor should they.

    You just gave them another billion dollars to waste. They are all set.

    For now.

  • lewiskr45 Nov 7, 2013

    "The year-round track takes the time off in the summer and spreads it throughout the year ("track-out" instead of "summer vacation"). There is no real difference in the amount of time a student sits at a desk."

    Yes, but it allows the building to be used all year, not sit empty for 3 months every summer, saving money. Also, you can fit more kids in a school that is year round.

  • JustAName Nov 6, 2013

    Maybe they should just add more floors the existing schools.

    Or maybe buy up some of the most empty businesses around town.

  • Krimson Nov 6, 2013

    Shuffles: "Why do we not just convert as many K-8 schools as we possibly can to a year-round schedule?"

    The year-round track takes the time off in the summer and spreads it throughout the year ("track-out" instead of "summer vacation"). There is no real difference in the amount of time a student sits at a desk.

    There are however a lot of benefits to going year-round, mostly with retention of material...

    I generally support year-round schools, but it doesn't seem like there are that many people that do so. When Wake County first proposed it a few years back, there were some angry parents. Many of the school reverted back to the traditional calendar...

  • btneast Nov 6, 2013

    Whether you voted for it or not, you helped pass by not fighting hard enough to defeat it

    Let me take thought one step further........if you did not go and actually cast a no vote, then you actually helped the bond pass. Failing to give it a yes vote was not what was needed, you needed to go and actually cast a NO vote...it would have made the vote pool larger, making the yes votes a lesser percentage. This is where democrats/liberals outsmart republicans/conservatives every election. You HAVE to go to the polls and cast a vote, regardless of whether you support it or not.

  • Shuffles24 Nov 6, 2013

    This is just the beginning. It will cost $30,000 per student to build one school in Wake County. Not to mention, Wake County then has to go in and furnish these schools, which is very expensive. Here is my question: Why do we not just convert as many K-8 schools as we possibly can to a year-round schedule? You're taking out 25% of the school population, it's open year-round (obviously) so there is no building being unused, and the kids get to enjoy a 3-week break every 9-weeks. It's the best possible solution that is not being utilized to it's fullest extent.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Nov 6, 2013

    chd1127, this land will be purchased from the yes votes that passed the last bond, not this latest bond. Wake County voters seem to always be snookered by the rich to pass the bond. Then, they come back and complain about it after. Kind of like Obamacare.

    What's that you say? You didn't vote for it? Well, in essence yes you did. You chose not to educate your neighbors and friends as to why those bonds should not have been passed. Did you go door to door to counter the elite's lies to help keep that bond from passing? My guess is no. Whether you voted for it or not, you helped pass by not fighting hard enough to defeat it. So now you get to write bigger checks. Just like Obamacare.

    Oh, and just incase you haven't heard, since you were unaware where the Cary land money came from, the plan to ask for another bond of an even larger amount is already in the works with the BOE. They want it in the next two years too.

    Keep your checkbook out. It's a sure winner with the pathetic voters.

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