Members of the Wake County school board will, from time to time in the next weeks, confront their share (and then some) of naysayers who are opposing the $810 million school bond issue to be put before voters in October. The logic of bond opponents is fanciful, driven by a conservative political ideology that doesnt fret on facts, and borders on the nonsensical.
Here are the true facts: Wake schools are increasing enrollment numbers by 3,000 students a year, and that figure is likely to increase. In fact, there are likely to be 20,000 more students in the system in 2018 than there are today, and Wake is already the states largest system. That creates an obvious demand for more buildings, but it also will require more equipment of all sorts to cover new schools and update old ones.
And the contentions of some anti-tax groups (the average homeowner would pay about $145 a year more if the bond passes) to the contrary, an increase in private school enrollment or home schools or charter schools isnt going to solve the enrollment crisis that will result without a bond issue. The vast majority of families still utilize the public schools, and will continue to do so.
Consider this figure: This coming school year, there will be over 12,000 students enrolled in kindergarten classes, a record number. Some schools may have to add K classes to meet the demand, which is the result of thousands of new families coming to the county.
The numbers speak truth. The need could not be more clear.