Wake Ed

Wake County commissioners buy school site for suspended students

The Wake County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to provide up to $2.1 million to buy a vacant office building in East Raleigh to serve high school students with disabilities who’ve been suspended from school.

The Wake County school board wants to turn the 13,891 square foot building at 3351 Carl Sandburg Court near New Bern Avenue into the new home for the district’s Infinity Program. Infinity serves high school students with severe behavioral and social problems who’ve received long-term suspensions, which last for at least 11 days from school.

“I love the fact that you’re addressing the fact that these kids have behavioral problems,” said Sig Hutchinson, vice chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

The Infinity Program is currently housed in two classrooms in the basement of the Longview School, a nearby alternative school. The relocation will free up space for students at Longview and allow more students to attend the Infinity program. The new site could be ready by the 2018-19 school year.

The district’s SNAP process (Space Needs Analysis & Prioritization) indicated Wake needed to expand the number of seats in alternative school programs for suspended students.

As a result of SNAP, the school district also bought the former South Hills Twin Theater in Cary to house the Transitions program, the middle school version of the Infinity Program.