Wake Ed

Wake County buys building to serve suspended high school students

The Wake County school board agreed Tuesday to buy a vacant office building in East Raleigh to serve high school students who’ve been suspended from school.

Wake will pay $2,075,000 for the 14,045 square foot building at 3351 Carl Sandburg Court near WakeMed hospital on New Bern Avenue. The building will become the new home for the Infinity Program, which serves high school students with disabilities who’ve received long-term suspensions of at least 11 days from school.

The Infinity Program is currently housed at the Longview School, a nearby alternative school. The relocation is expected to free up space for students at other programs at Longview.

The new location is also larger, allowing Wake to ease current crowding in the Infinity Program and to take more students.

The need for the property was identified in the district’s SNAP process (Space Needs Analysis & Prioritization). SNAP indicated Wake needed to expand the number of seats in alternative programs for suspended students.

As a result of SNAP, the school district also bought the former South Hills Twin Theater in Cary to house the Transitions program, the middle school version of the Infinity Program.

The Raleigh purchase still requires approval by the Wake County Board of Commissioners, which signed off on the theater acquisition.