Cary, N.C. — Ten days into the 2013-14 school year, the Wake County Public School System had tallied more than 150,000 students enrolled.
Of the 153,152, almost half were in elementary schools.
The total is an increase of more than 3,000 students across the county, and it comes as school leadership advocates for an $810 million school construction bond. Voters will be asked to give the growth plan a thumbs-up on Oct. 8.
The bond – the first since 2006 when voters approved a $970 million referendum on school construction – would cover the cost of 16 new schools (two high schools, three middle schools and 11 elementary schools), six major renovations and dozens of smaller projects at existing schools. It would also help pay to upgrade technology and security across the school system and to purchase land for future schools.
Since 2006, the district has grown by more than 20,000 students, making Wake County schools the largest school district in the state and 16th largest in the nation.