Wake County school officials broke ground Wednesday morning on a new school, nestled in the woods several miles north of Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School is on Pleasant Grove Church Road near the Durham County line.
The $25 million school will have a capacity of 780 students when it opens next August, but officials expect its actual enrollment will be about 900 students.
Its attendance zone isn’t final yet, but the school is being built mainly as a traditional calendar alternative for families at the year-round Brier Creek Elementary School.
School officials originally had planned to make Pleasant Grove a year-round school and switch Brier Creek to a traditional calendar, because Pleasant Grove will be bigger, and thus better suited to handle the larger number of students that a year-round schedule can accommodate. But they changed their minds after outrage from parents at Brier Creek this spring.
“The traditional calendar that this school is going to provide is going to be a great resource,” said Kelly Monce, a member of the Brier Creek PTA, who came to Wednesday’s groundbreaking.
Pleasant Grove is one of five new schools opening in the 2016-17 school year and is one of three in western Wake County.
Officials broke ground on White Oak in August and plan to break ground on Oakview later this month.
The school system opened three new schools this year, including two in Apex – Scotts Ridge Elementary School and Apex Friendship High School.
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