Wake Ed

Wake County committee to review school renovation designs

The designs for two heavily talked about school renovations will be reviewed Wednesday by the Wake County school board’s facilities committee.

First on the agenda is the design for Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner. The project was originally funded from the bond issue approved by voters in 2013, but is now slated to be funded out of the next construction program.

Garner town officials were upset how the money for Vandora was shifted to help pay for rising costs in other projects. School officials say that Vandora’s renovations will stay on schedule provided funding comes from the next building program, which isn’t guaranteed if it goes on the ballot.

The committee will also review the latest design for renovations at Rolesville Elementary School, whose costs have jumped from $11.6 million in the 2013 bond to an assumed cost now of $20.5 million. Part of the $8.9 million increase is due to the decision to demolish the gym building in favor of additional new construction on campus.

Rolesville town officials had complained initially about the demolition of the gym, which the town uses for some athletic events. But the town balked at acquiring and maintaining the aging gym building.

School administrators want the committee’s recommendation to place both projects on the consent agenda for an upcoming board meeting, potentially on Oct. 20.