Bob Williams: Temper growth

09/01/2014 8:00 PM

08/29/2014 3:43 PM

Regarding the Aug. 24 news story “ Towns want school dialogue”: So the Cary and Morrisville Town Councils want to get into the discussion about how to handle overcrowding in some of the schools in their area. Welcome aboard!

The Wake County schools are in a defensive position on this issue. The schools are overcrowded because residential construction outpaces school construction. The municipalities authorize new housing developments without checking with the school system about classroom availability. And the school system does not have taxing authority to provide money for new school construction. It is dependent on the Wake County commissioners.

The Wake County schools have been behind on school construction for over 40 years. I commend the system’s leaders for doing as well as they have done, given the disadvantages they must work under. Maybe it’s time to give the board of education either taxing authority or authority to turn down proposed residential construction or both.

Bob Williams

Fuquay-Varina

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