Schoolhouse Beat

Wake County (N.C.) district identifies $2.2 billion in facility needs

The Wake County (N.C.) school system has identified $2.2 billion in school construction needs, but school board members and county commissioners say they won’t ask the public to approve a school bond issue of that size. The Raleigh News & Observer says the money is needed over the next five years to help build 32 new schools and make major renovations at 28 schools, along with paying for other projects. Officials say it’s too soon to say what the dollar amount of a bond proposal would be. School board members request an amount, and county commissioners decide whether to approve putting the bond measure on the ballot. A bond request could appear on the Oct. 8 ballot; to meet that timetable, the amount has to be determined by the end of June.

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