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Board takes major step forward in CIP 2013

The Wake County school construction program took a major step forward Tuesday, as the Board of Education approved design and construction teams for four new elementary schools and four major renovation projects.

These projects are part of the building program paid for in large part by voter approval of $840 million in school construction bonds last fall.

The board action authorizes design work for major renovation of Garner Magnet High, originally constructed in 1967. Renovation work is due to begin in 2016 when students and teachers move into swing space at the newly completed South Garner High campus. The Garner Magnet High students will return to the campus in August 2018 and South Garner High will open with its own students.

Construction is scheduled to begin in 2016 for renovations of Brooks Magnet Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary and Vandora Springs Elementary.

The new school projects include E28 elementary near the intersection of Poole and Barwell roads in east Raleigh, E33 elementary at O’Kelly Chapel and Yates Store roads in West Cary, E31 Bryan Road Elementary at 8213 Bryan Road in Garner and E40 elementary at 201 N. Rogers Lane in east Raleigh. These schools are scheduled to open for the 2017-18 school year. Continue Reading . . .

Board approves names for new schools

The Board of Education approved names for four new schools at its meeting Tuesday.

The board named E36 Beaverdam Elementary. The school is a planned 2-story prototype elementary school in eastern Raleigh on the corner of Tarheel Clubhouse and Tarheel Club Roads. The Board of Education acquired the 21.5-acre site on August 29, 2014. The school is due to open in 2016.

The board named E37 White Oak Elementary. The school is a planned 3-story, 780-capacity prototype elementary school in southwest Cary near the planned Green Level High. The board acquired the 21.38-acre site on June 24, 2014. The school is due to open in 2016.

The board named E43 Oakview Elementary. The school is a planned 2-story, 800-student capacity prototype elementary school on Holly Springs-New Hill Road in Holly Springs. The board acquired the 23.1 acre site on September 19, 2014. The school is due to open in 2016.

The board named M13 River Bend Middle. The school is a planned 3-story, 1,280-student capacity prototype middle school in northeast Raleigh near Riverbend Elementary. The board acquired the 29.86-acre site on April 8, 2014. The school is due to open in 2017.

WCPSS breaks ground for Pine Hollow Middle

Wake County leaders broke ground today for Pine Hollow Middle, due to open in July 2016. Board of Education members and County Commissioners leaders marked the start of construction for the 59-classroom school that will serve more than 980 students.
School board chair Christine Kushner says Pine Hollow will be a warmly welcomed school.

“We have two year-round elementary schools – Sycamore Creek and Pleasant Union – that are nearby,” Kushner said. “We have a number of parents anxiously awaiting a middle school that is proximate and will have that same calendar.” Continue Reading . . .

Facilities Committee considers names for new schools

The Facilities Committee discussed staff recommendations for naming four new schools.

E36 is a planned 2-story prototype elementary school in eastern Raleigh on the corner of Tarheel Clubhouse and Tarheel Club Roads. The Board of Education acquired the 21.5-acre site on August 29, 2014. School staff recommended the name Beaverdam Lake Elementary from a list of names that included Beaverdam Lake Elementary, Skycrest Elementary and Milburnie Elementary. Board members discussed shortening the name to Beaverdam Elementary. The school is due to open in 2016. Continue Reading . . .

New website provides CIP 2013 school construction details

A new website provides maps, schedules and details for the Wake County Public School System school construction program.

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 11.06.18 AMA schedule shows the 25 construction projects – new schools and major renovations – that are part of CIP 2013. Timelines show each projects schedule for design and construction.

WCPSS Facility Design and Construction staff studied best practices on building program reporting and combined what they found in this re-designed website.

One highlight is a map of the CIP 2013 construction sites. The map marks elementary schools in red, middle schools in blue and high schools in orange. Click on a school icon and information boxes provide the project name, as well as its type, status and budget. Continue Reading . . .

York Elementary cuts ribbon for new STEM playground

York Elementary School held a playground ribbon cutting on October 28.

Planned by the York PTA and funded by a $219,700 John Rex Endowment grant, this new playground features a paved track, new play equipment and space for students to explore natural learning environments that support the STEM curriculum and link outdoor learning and activity. Continue Reading . . .

New Apex Friendship High under construction

The new Apex Friendship High is under construction on Humie Olive Road in Apex. The new school design will have a 4-story classroom building to serve more than 2,200 students. Little Diversified Architectural Consulting designed the school that is being built by
Balfour Beatty/Metcon.

WCPSS breaks ground for Abbotts Creek Elementary

Wake County leaders broke ground today for Abbotts Creek Elementary, a new school opening in August 2015. Board of Education members, County Commissioners and City of Raleigh leaders marked the start of construction for the 52-classroom school that will serve more than 780 students. Continue Reading . . .

Committee reviews E36 and E37 elementary school plans

WCPSS Facilities staff shared plans for two elementary schools that are part of CIP 2013 with the Board of Education Facilities Committee today. Continue Reading . . .

York Elementary holds playground ribbon cutting

Students at York Elementary School will hold a playground ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 28.

Planned by the York PTA and funded by the John Rex Endowment, this new playground features a paved track, new play equipment and space for students to explore natural learning environments that support the STEM curriculum and link outdoor learning and activity.

The play space was designed with an interactive discovery playground, outdoor learning lab and an Americans with Disabilities Act-approved exercise track. The goal of the project is to increase the amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity that students at the school participate in every school day.

York Elementary is the first STEM school in Wake County to be equipped with this one-of-a-kind learning environment.