Class Size Relief is Welcome, But Tough Choices Still Loom

Filed under Enrollment, Growth, In Context, Student Assignment.

The class size reduction compromise passed by the General Assembly this week is a mixed bag for local school districts. Among the positive outcomes are a multi-year approach to reducing class sizes, adding funding for program enhancement teachers, and eliminating the waiting list for pre-kindergarten classes. On the other hand, local school districts like Wake… Read more »

Schools, County Agree to 7-year School Building Plan

Filed under Growth, In Context.

A new era of school construction planning is here. The Wake County Board of Education and the Wake County Board of Commissioners have agreed, after a year of intense collaboration, to a 7-year school construction plan that will keep school construction moving along without a bond referendum until 2018. Both boards approved the plan to… Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Unprecedented Growth

Filed under Budget, Growth, In Context.

“And, as usual, we’re opening five new schools this coming year.” – Tom Benton, WCPSS School Board Only in Wake County – the fastest growing county in the state – would five new schools opening in one year be considered “usual.” Some school districts don’t open five schools in five years.   Of course, Wake County… Read more »


Filed under Budget, Facilities, Growth, In Context.

A long time ago in a county that may just be your own, Wake County voters approved a bond referendum to support much needed construction and renovation of Wake County public schools. It was 2013, which may not seem like that long ago, but it is. Wake County Public School System enrollment has grown by… Read more »

Swing Space – (Not the Dancing Kind)

Filed under Growth, In Context.

On Jan. 19, the Board of Education received an update on renovation plans for Apex High.  Staff recommended a full teardown and rebuild ($70.6 million) rather than a partial teardown and rebuild ($69 million). One issue that must be addressed is how long a relocated Apex High will have to reside in swing space. When… Read more »

Capping Schools

Filed under Enrollment, Growth, In Context.

Fifteen schools will be capped for the 2016-2017 school year in WCPSS.  When a school is capped, it means that an enrollment limit has been established.  If that enrollment limit is reached, then even families who move into the base attendance area of that school cannot attend there.  They will be offered seats at a… Read more »