The Wake County school board voted Tuesday to pay $2.1 million for 49.59 acres in East Raleigh for a new elementary school and middle school.
The board agreed to purchase 45 acres on Poole Road near Barwell Road – with a street address of 6120 Poole Road. The board also agreed to buy 4.59 adjoining acres on Barwell Road – with a street address of 1920 Barwell Road.
The school system plans to combine both parcels for as many as two schools. The elementary school, identified as E-28, is scheduled to open in 2017. The middle school, which is less than three miles from Barwell Road Elementary School, would be built at a later date.
The school system has been purchasing more sites in East Raleigh in recent years because of the growth in that part of the city. The $42,500 per acre price is also much less than what Wake has paid for new sites in the western part of the county.
The purchase still needs to be approved by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, which is switching to a Democratic majority that’s more friendly to the school board.