The Wake Education Partnership is starting to drum up the beat for a school construction bond referendum in 2016.
In a special report released Thursday called "Here We Grow Again," the business-backed, non-profit advocacy group writes that it's no surprise there's talk of a 2016 bond with growth increasing faster than projected. The report points to recent projections showing that the Wake County school system could have more than 161,421 students at the start of the 2015-2016 school year - 2,076 more than previously projected.
"The simple truth is we add more students each year than the total number of students in almost half of North Carolina's 115 school districts," writes Julie Crain, the report's author and the WEP's vice president of policy and research. "Growth for WCPSS isn't an issue that elected officials are blowing out of proportion. It is out of proportion for the vast majority of North Carolina."
Crain writes that "discussion of a 2016 bond effort has started because we already need more schools."
Crain writes that the Wake County school board, Wake County Board of Commissioners and Wake's municipalities "are going to have to work together in new and improved capacities" to respond to the growth.