Wake County Schools

Wake board votes to buy $5M Cary property for Wake STEM Early College Program

Posted February 4, 2020 7:54 p.m. EST

— The Wake County Board of Education voted Tuesday to buy a $5-million dollar, 4-acre piece of land for the high school portion of the Wake STEM Early College Program.

The land, at 2205 Walnut St., was home to the former Miller Motte College facility and will be used for Wake STEM Early College starting with the 2021-22 school year. Wake County commissioners must give final approval for the purchase, and they are expected to vote on the matter in March. 

"If approved, we will purchase the facility and renovate it to fit our unique school needs," Principal David Schwenker told the school community by email. "Wake STEM would relocate to begin using the facility starting in the Fall of 2021, when our current lease with NC State University runs out."

"While this will be an adjustment, the new facility is a great fit for our school and the staff is excited about the possibilities with a larger space," Schwenker added. "The new location is much larger than our current facility, which means we will be able to accommodate our fourth-year students on campus for their high school courses. And we hope to have a larger space for our ‘project kick-off meetings’ and cafeteria."

N.C. State will remain the school's college partner and allow students to continue taking college courses at no cost, the principal wrote. 

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