Wake Ed

Wake County school renovations for next building program on table

The renovation projects that would be in the next Wake County school construction program will be a major part of today’s facilities committee discussion.

The meeting agenda includes the school board’s facilities committee reviewing the priorities for the next building’s program’s renovation projects. This will set the stage for determining which projects go at the top of the list, which will matter if the Wake County Board of Commissioners scales back the amount it will borrow the next few years.

School board members aren’t sure they’ll get enough money for the immediate future if the commissioners decide to skip a school construction bond referendum on the November ballot.

The priority list includes projects that were partially funded from the 2013 bond referendum that would probably be at the top of the new program since they were promised to voters. But after that comes evaluating which of the next round of renovations has more priority than others.

The committee will be asked today to back one of two design options for rebuilding Stough Elementary School in Raleigh. That project is partially funded by the last bond issue.

Staff also wants the committee to back one of four design options for the renovation of Fuquay-Varina High School, a project that would cost more than $70 million. As this recent Southwest Wake News story notes, town leaders want to speed up renovation of the high school.

The other item on the committee agenda is the recommendation to use the name “Wake Flex” for a new high school program that will be located at 5651 Dillard Drive in Cary. The name comes from how it’s supposed to offer flexibility, such as the hours when students come to school and the mix of online and in-person courses that are offered.