Wake County School Board Chair Tom Benton speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for an elementary school in Garner NC Wake County Public Schools

Wake County School Board Chair Tom Benton speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for an elementary school in Garner, N.C.

Wake County (N.C.) district breaks ground on elementary school

Bryan Road Elementary in Garner, N.C., initially will serve as swing space while a nearby campus is rebuilt.

The Wake County (N.C.) district has broken ground on a 800-student elementary school in Garner.

The steadily growing school system plans to open Bryan Road Elementary School in August 2017. The$30 million, 109,432-square-foot, three-story facility will provide classroom space for students from prekindergarten through fifth grade

When the new campus is completed, it will serve as a temporary home to students now attending Vandora Springs Elementary School in Garner, The Raleigh News & Observer says.

Wake County will use Bryan Road as a swing space for 2017-18 while Vandora Springs Elementary is demolished and reconstructed.

The project almost didn’t happen because Garner Town Council members and representatives from the school district couldn't agree on a special use permit to build Bryan Road Elementary.

Town officials wanted the district to pay for paving Bryan Road, which now is a gravel road. School officials said they didn’t have the money to do so. After a couple of months of negotiations, the two sides reached a compromise

The architect for Bryan Road Elementary is Clark Nexsen Architects, and the builder is New Atlantic Contracting.

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