Wake Ed

Wake County school board to discuss next building program

Movement toward a potential 2016 Wake County school construction bond referendum heats up Wednesday as the school board’s facilities committee discusses how they’ll develop the next building program.

The meeting agenda includes staff’s recommendation on which new schools from the next construction that it wants to jump start. Staff wants to use funds from the current building program to start up design work on the new E-35 elementary school in Fuquay-Varina, the new M-16 middle school in northwest Cary and H-13 in Fuquay-Varina.

Starting design of H-13 could allow Fuquay-Varina High School students to relocate to the new building for the 2019-20 school year while their campus is renovated.

The committee will also discuss the planning assumptions that will be used in the next construction program. For instance, the board made the decision in 2013 to remove the emphasis placed by prior boards on building all new elementary and middle schools as year-round schools.

A third agenda item involves discussing whether Wake should use the design build method of school construction as opposed to construction manager at risk.