Before they turned dirt on the River Bend Middle School construction site in northeast Raleigh, school and community leaders said Friday’s rainy and foggy weather was a good sign.
“You hope this rain is watering the seeds that will grow,” said Tom Benton, chairman of the Wake County school board.
River Bend Middle, a $41 million, three-story school, is being built near River Bend Elementary, tucked behind Wake Tech Community College’s Northern Wake Campus. It’s also near the 5401 North, a mixed-use community currently under construction.
“This school should be in really good shape to have the good start it deserves,” Larissa Moore, president of the PTA at Rolesville Middle School, said at the groundbreaking event.
The area between Raleigh and Rolesville is expected to continue to grow, Benton said. River Bend Middle School’s location will also offer a unique opportunity to partner with Wake Tech.
“This is a school we’re all excited about,” Benton said.
River Bend Middle is expected to be open in time for the start of the 2017 school year.