Wake Ed

Wake County to discuss next school construction program

Planning is beginning for the next Wake County school construction program that could result in a bond referendum being placed on the ballot as soon as 2016.

At Wednesday’s school board facilities commitee meeting, staff will discuss the process being used to develop the next CIP (capital improvement program). The current CIP is largely funded by the $810 million school construction bond referendum approved by voters in October 2013.

But now staff has begun identifying new schools and major renovations to be included in the next building program. That means another bond issue requiring voter approval at some point down the road.

Other agenda topics for Wednesday include new student enrollment projections and a timeline for adopting calendar conversions for the 2016-17 school year. For instance, a list of schools could be presented to the facilities committee in May with the full board vote in July.