Wake Ed

Wake County buys land for new elementary school in Holly Springs

The Wake County school board agreed Tuesday to purchase land for a new elementary school in Holly Springs that could open in 2018.

The board will pay $1,361,250 for 22.5 acres near Honeycutt and Piney Grove Wilbon roads. The district is paying $60,500 per acre for the land owned by Honeycutt Road 5701 LLC. Wake had been looking for a site in Holly Springs or northern Fuquay-Varina for the new school.

The purchase is still subject to the approval of the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

School administrators plan to start the design work now to make the new school, called E-45, the first new elementary school that would likely be built in the next school construction program. On Tuesday, the school board reallocated $2.6 million from the 2006 building program to start designing the new H-13 high school near Old Honeycutt and Kennebec roads in Fuquay-Varina, the new M-12 middle school near Alston Ridge Elementary School in Cary and the new Bryan Road Middle School in Garner.

Funding to build all four new schools could come from a bond referendum that might be placed on the 2016 ballot for voter approval.

Administrators picked E-45 to start before E-35, an elementary school that will be built near the new high school in Fuquay-Varina. Administrators say they still plan to build E-35 in the next building program but it would likely go online after E-45.