Wake Ed

Wake County to study renovation needs at five schools

Five Wake County schools are a step closer toward potentially having their major renovations included in the next school construction program.

On Tuesday, the school board voted to reallocate $775,000 from the 2006 school construction program to study the scope of potential major renovations to Fuquay-Varina High, West Millbrook Middle in Raleigh, North Ridge Elementary in Raleigh, Wendell Elementary and York Elementary in Raleigh.

Based on the review, school administrators will recommend later this year whether to include those schools in the next construction program.

Joe Desormeaux, assistant superintendent for facilities, said they will initiate this week the process of selecting architects to do the design work for the five schools. The contracts for the design work will be presented to the school board in August.

Desormeaux stressed to board members that the five schools getting the review aren’t the only ones with significant needs in Wake. According to a Wake handout, there are at least $355 million in potential renovations needs in the district.

But Desormeaux said that they either don’t know what the scope of the renovations would be at those five schools or it’s been so long since the last review that they need to do a new one.

Desormeaux said they don’t have to study other schools such as Swift Creek Elementary because they already know what the scope of renovations would be.

Click here for a handout on why Wake wants to hire architects to study the five schools.