Wake Ed

Wake County school board buys land for new high school in Apex

The Wake County school board agreed Tuesday to buy land for a future high school in White Oak township in Apex.

The district will pay $4.3 million for 66.48 acres, or $64,000 per acre, for a site located east of Smith Road, west of Stephenson Road and north of Sunset Lake Road. The property, which is now owned by Merion Investments Properties, LLC, could house an elementary school in addition to the high school.

In March, school facilities staff identified a need to build 17 more new schools by 2022 to keep up with growth. That list included eight sites that the school board didn’t yet own.

Among the eight sites needed, the land the board agreed to buy Tuesday matches one staff is looking for in the Apex/Holly Springs area called H-12 for now.

Western/southwestern Wake has been a fast-growing part of the county.

The school board is working on a list of new schools and renovation projects it wants to include in the next school construction program. Funding depends on the Wake County Board of Commissioners, which is considering whether to put a school bond referendum on the November ballot or to borrow money without seeking voter approval.

Final approval for the land purchase also rests with county commissioners.