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Wake County may change swing space sites for four Raleigh schools

Students and staff at Wiley Elementary School in Raleigh could relocate temporarily in 2018 to a renovated theater in Garner that’s now being used to house high school freshmen. The Wake County school system may be able to find a closer location for Wiley.
Students and staff at Wiley Elementary School in Raleigh could relocate temporarily in 2018 to a renovated theater in Garner that’s now being used to house high school freshmen. The Wake County school system may be able to find a closer location for Wiley. News & Observer file photo

The Wake County school system has some closer but more expensive options for relocating students and staff from four Raleigh elementary schools while their campuses undergo major renovation projects.

At Wednesday’s meeting of the Wake County school board’s facilities committee, facilities staff will present five new different plans for providing swing space options for Stough, Wiley, York and Conn elementary schools. Students and staff at the four schools are scheduled to temporarily leave their campuses at some point in the next few years while their facilities are rebuilt.

Up until now, Wake had been looking at:

▪ Relocating Stough Elementary to a campus at Spring Forest Road for the 2018-19 school year;

▪ Relocating Wiley Elementary to Garner High School’s current ninth grade-center for the 2018-19 school year;

▪ Relocating York Elementary to a new elementary school, E-24, at Strickland Road for the 2019-20 school year;

▪ Relocating Conn Elementary to Spring Forest Road for the 2020-21school year.

But some of those swing space sites aren’t close to the current campuses. That’s one of the reasons the school board didn’t officially designate a swing space site for Stough in September when the design for the school’s renovation was approved.

The new options would change the locations, timing and cost for some of the proposed relocations

There are a range of different options that could be used for Stough, including relocating to E-24 or to a new to be determined site in west Raleigh. One proposed option for Stough that would probably not win support from familiies is to temporarily reassign all the students to a different school for a year while the campus is renovated.

One new option for Stough is to swing to York Elementary’s renovated campus, during which time York students and staff would spend two years at E-24.

The school board purchased the former Bobby Murray Chevrolet on 1820 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh to use as a new small high school. But new options that will be presented Wednesday include delaying the high school so that it would temporarily house Conn and or Wiley.

Another option has Wiley temporarily relocating to Conn’s renovated campus, which would require Conn students and staff to spend two years at the Spring Forest Road site.

The price tag for all these different options range from $200,000 more to $15.3 million more. Facilities staff want feedback from the committee and or the full board.

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