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Wake Commissioners Want More Oversight of School Construction

Posted January 16, 2008 7:09 p.m. EST
Updated January 16, 2008 8:39 p.m. EST

— A push by county commissioners to oversee spending on Wake County public schools came to a head at a meeting Wednesday.

Debate centered on a $21 million plan to repair water and mold issues at Lacy Elementary School. It came at a monthly joint meeting between the Wake County Board of Commissioners and the Wake County Board of Education.

As construction gets under way, several commissioners are questioning the design and cost of the school.

School board members said they are "bending over backwards" to keep commissioners informed. They promised to give more presentations upon request.

Buying land for schools will also get more scrutiny.

Wake School Board members said they will also do more to include commissioners in the process.

Several controversial land deals surfaced last year when the board made offers higher than appraised values.

Both boards also earmarked $20 million from savings to buy land for future schools.