Wake County likely to delay construction of new high school

Feb. 18, 2009
Superintendent says renovation of existing campus has priority
Faced with a limited construction budget,Wake County (N.C.) school leaders are likely to delay the opening of at least one new high school to keep a costly renovation project on schedule. Superintendent Del Burns says there isn't enough money on hand to stay on schedule with the construction of Forest Ridge High School in northeast Raleigh and renovations to Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. Burns told board members that the renovations for Wake Forest-Rolesvile High should remain the top priority. He recommended delaying Forest Ridge. To read The Raleigh News & Observer article, click here. EARLIER: Wake County, N.C., commissioners will try to sell $435 million in new bonds for building projects, a package significantly scaled back from spending levels approved by voters in recent referendums. Much of the money will go to finish schools now under construction. But plans for future school projects, libraries and a new downtown courthouse will be delayed. County Manager David Cooke says the building program scaled back because of unfavorable economic conditions. To read The Raleigh News & Observer article, click here.

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