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 »

BOND REFERENDUMS: A NEW HOPE

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 »

Final Approval of the Student Enrollment Plan

Filed under Enrollment, Growth, In Context.

On Tuesday night, the 2016-17 Student Enrollment Proposal was approved by the school board. The plan moves approximately 3,300 students, or roughly two percent of the student population.  According to a WCPSS Media Advisory, about half of those students will be eligible to grandfather at their current schools.  A list of ways the proposal has… Read more »

Capped Schools List Grows

Filed under Enrollment, Growth, In Context.

The number of schools with capped enrollment is recommended to grow from 11 to 17 for the 2016-2017 school year. Schools are capped when they have “reached the maximum number of students they can effectively teach.”  This includes using all the available permanent (brick and mortar) and temporary classroom spaces. One school is recommended for… Read more »

Choice: Luxury or Necessity?

Filed under Enrollment, Growth, In Context.

Sitting at the public hearing for the school enrollment plan Tuesday evening, this thought began and gained steam:  is choice luxury or necessity? School board members heard from 29 speakers.  The majority of these speakers asked for choice. They want the choice to remain where they currently are or the choice of a calendar option… Read more »

The Enrollment Plan – Draft Two: Forest and Trees

Filed under Enrollment, Growth, Transportation.

Draft two of the 2016-2017 Student Enrollment Proposal was presented by WCPSS staff to the school board on Tuesday afternoon.  Having received almost 1,500 online comments from more than 500 people regarding draft one, staff made changes to the plan.  Those changes were revealed and explained. Some media sources described last Tuesday’s school board meeting… Read more »