Wake Ed

Wake County identifies schools that need renovations

Wake County school administrators identified Wednesday 27 schools that could be in line for renovations as part of a proposed 2016 school construction bond issue.

Administrators identified 11 schools that might be considered for major renovations/whole campus renovations. This includes Apex High, East Wake Middle, Stough Elementary and Vandora Springs Elementary that have partial funding from the 2013 bond to do design work.

North Ridge Elementary, Fuquay-Varina High, Wendell Elementary, West Millbrook Middle and York Elementary are also in consideration for major renovations. Facilities staff wants to spend $700,000 on those five schools to see what the scope of the major renovations might be on those campuses.

Also up for consideration are Wiley Elementary and Conn Elementary, where facilities staff already know what the scope of the major renovations would entail.

Staff identified 16 schools which might be in line for smaller renovations where only part of the campus would get work: Broughton High, Cary High, East Garner Middle, Enloe High, Fuller Elementary, Fuquay-Varina Middle, Hunter Elementary, Knightdale Elementary, Millbrook High, Sanderson High, Swift Creek Elementary, Washington Elementary, Baucom Elementary, Briarcliff Elementary, Millbrook Elementary and Wake Forst Elementary.

But Joe Desormeaux, assistant superintendent, said at Wednesday’s facilities committee meeting that those 27 schools were not meant to be a definitive list of schools that could be considered. He said those are just all the schools they know right now need significant work done.

Desormeaux said that they have not yet prioritized any of the projects. But, realistically, Wake would have to go with Apex High, East Wake Middle, Stough Elementary and Vandora Springs Elementary because voters were told in 2013 that they’d be next in line for the following bond issue when funding for the construction would be provided.

Desormeaux said staff will come back this winter with a prioritized list of projects to include in the next capital improvement program.

Desormeaux said they realistically could not fund all 27 projects in the next program. Wake will have to balance renovations with providing funding for new schools to keep up with growth.

During Wednesday’s meeting, school board members Bill Fletcher and Jim Martin said that Fuquay-Varina High’s renovations should be started as soon as possible.