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A new elementary school and a new middle school will be coming to southern Wake County

The Wake County school board is buying much of the area shown in green for a new elementary school and middle school near Woods Creek and Friendship roads in the Apex/Holly Springs area.
The Wake County school board is buying much of the area shown in green for a new elementary school and middle school near Woods Creek and Friendship roads in the Apex/Holly Springs area. Wake County GIS

A new elementary school and middle school will be coming to fast-growing southern Wake County.

The Wake County school board voted Tuesday to pay $2.8 million to Duke Energy Progress for 71 acres near the intersection of Woods Creek and Friendship roads. The site is in the Apex/Holly Springs area and is about two miles from Apex Friendship High School.

The school district plans to build an elementary school on the site within the next several years, with a middle school later in the future.

"Buying land whenever we can!" school board member Bill Fletcher tweeted early Wednesday morning.

The purchase still needs to be approved by the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

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Picture showing boundaries for a site that the Wake County school board has agreed to buy to build a new elementary and middle school in the Apex/Holly Springs area. Wake County Public School System

Also on Tuesday, the school board announced that Troy Peuler, who has been principal of Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner since 2001, will become the new principal of nearby Vance Elementary School. Jan Hargrove, a retired principal, will serve as Vandora's interim principal through Aug. 31.

Staff writer Ron Gallagher contributed.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui
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