Wake County Schools

Wake voters to decide on school bond

Posted July 1, 2013

— Wake County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to put an $810 million school bond on the fall ballot.

The bond money would pay for the construction of 16 schools and major renovations to six others.

School board members have said repeatedly that the bond will barely help the school system keep up with growth.

The student population in Wake County increases at a rate of 2.5 to 3 percent, or about 3,000 new students, each school year, and school officials have previously said 25 new schools are needed over the next 10 years.

In addition to the size of the bond, commissioners and school board members have squabbled over who would control the money and the school buildings themselves.

The Senate has passed legislation that would shift control of Wake County's public school buildings to the Board of Commissioners, but the bill has languished in a House committee for weeks.

A public hearing on the bond proposal is scheduled for July 15.

If approved, the bond would add 5 cents to the county property tax rate, or $75 for the owner of a $150,000 home.

In other business, commissioners voted to loan Marbles Kids Museum $700,000 to help build a new exhibit.

The museum received a $1 million grant from ABB Inc. last year to open Kid Grid, a hands-on exhibit about electricity production, distribution and use. The exhibit is scheduled to open next summer.

The county loan will be repaid over four years, starting in 2015.

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  • djhartm Jul 11, 1:26 p.m.

    NO!!!

  • krimson Jul 8, 11:53 a.m.

    "Never again after they blew250,000 by firing Tata for no reason ... Think we'd just forget?"

    So you're going to force children into overcrowded schools b/c you didn't like the fact that the newly elected majority gave Tata a severance package under his contract???

    That's pretty petty...

  • miseem Jul 3, 6:49 p.m.

    I say get the counties out of the education process. Get rid of county governments altogether. It is just another layer of Government that reaches into SOME people's pockets.
    whatelseisnew.

    Let's just get rid of all government. We can build our own roads, water systems, disconnect from the power grid, patrol our own property 24 hours a day, educate our kids at home, burn our trash in our own back yards, dump our sewage in the ditch by the road, grow our own food and get this evil monster called government off of our backs. Just make sure you live at the top of the hill so all the sewage doesn't end up in your yard.And garden.

  • bombayrunner Jul 3, 6:35 p.m.

    Never again after they blew250,000 by firing Tata for no reason ... Think we'd just forget?

  • bombayrunner Jul 3, 6:33 p.m.

    More free stuff

  • bombayrunner Jul 3, 6:33 p.m.

    They can kiss my NO vote.

  • hpr641 Jul 3, 1:26 p.m.

    Couples with children are like the illegals and welfare collectors-they take more out of the system than they contribute. People with children should pay more in taxes and pay their fair share. - superman

    Oh thank you so much for that uh ... compliment. Too bad the fact is that we paid into WCPSS before we were married, after we got married but before we had kids in WCPSS, for the 3-5 DECADES after our kids will no longer be in WCPSS, and yes, for the 1.5 decades while we have kids in WCPSS. I have kids in WCPSS, and I can show you VERY clearly how before we die we will have paid FAR more into WCPSS than they spend educating (and to a degree, indoctrinating) our kids. Again, thanks for your compliment ... since we're "rich" enough to be taxed, but not afford private school, it was very encouraging.

  • btneast Jul 3, 9:15 a.m.

    Voting NO on this bond. I have no children in school and my property taxes are already too high.

    I am against the bond as well, but a FYI.....the educational system in a given municipality strongly affects your property values, positively and negatively. If you go to sell your house, its a good chance your buyers will have school age kids, so the school system has a huge impact on real estate values.

  • superman Jul 3, 9:14 a.m.

    Couples with children are like the illegals and welfare collectors-they take more out of the system than they contribute. People with children should pay more in taxes and pay their fair share. Education is the biggest part of how the state revenue is spent. People without children pay more and support the system.

  • btneast Jul 3, 9:11 a.m.

    If they pass the bond and more people move here then there will be more people paying the freight and the cost will drop for each individual.

    .... Such a naïve statement as this tells me you are just starting out in the working world. Once you get a few decades under your belt, you will realize that taxes NEVER go down, and the cost spent per student never goes down either.

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