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WCTA on how it says Wake County schools have 55,000 empty seats

The Wake County Taxpayers Association is making the charge that the Wake County school system has 55,000 empty seats in its bid to defeat the $810 million school bond issue.

School bond supporters say Wake lacks the capacity to deal with the new students coming. But opponents of the bonds say the district has enough seats to get by for at least a little while.

“In 2013, the schools have 205,000 student seats,” the WCTA says in this palm card. “But, they only have 149,000 students. That’s 55,000 seats free.”

Wake County school bonds debate on Bill LuMaye Show

There should be a spirited debate on the Wake County school bond issue today on the Bill LuMaye Show.

Wake County school board chairman Keith Sutton and Phil Zachary, co-chairman of the Friends of Wake County, will represent the pro-bonds side. They'll be opposed by Tony Pecoraro, vice president of the Wake County Taxpayers Association, on the anti-bonds side.

Zachary is president of Curtis Media, which owns WPTF.

The debate is scheduled to air at 5;05 p.m. on WPTF Talk Radio 850 AM.

UPDATE

Click here to listen to the debate.

WCTA criticizes Wake County school system for not reaching 95-percent performance goal

How much should Wake County’s academic performance be an issue for voters deciding on the $810 million school construction bond issue?

As noted in today's article, leaders of the Wake County Taxpayers Association are pointing to Wake’s academic performance as one reason they say voters should reject the bonds. The example they cite is that Wake didn’t reach the goal set in 2003 to have 95 percent of third- through 12th-graders passing state end-of-grade or end-of-course tests by 2008.

“For 10 years, they have sought to get 95 percent of students to pass the end of year tests,” said WCTA Chairman Ed Jones in an anti-bonds video unveiled Wednesday. “But they’ve never achieved higher than 89 percent. We want better school performance."

Questioning the cost of Wake County renovations in school bond issue

Does Wake County spend too much money on major renovation projects?

As noted in today's article, the $810 million school bond issue includes six fully funded major renovations, most of which come close to if not eclipse the cost of building a new school. School leaders say the renovations are needed for the health and safety of the schools while bond opponents say the costs are a “red flag.”

This is not a new debate. Similar issues were raised in 2006 about renovations that were more like complete replacements of schools.

Warning about year-round school conversions and split sessions if Wake County school bond fails

Bond supporters are turning to a well-used tactic to try to build support for the $810 million Wake County school construction bond issue.

As noted in today’s article, Friends of Wake County is warning that a defeat of the bond could lead to more year-round school conversions and split sessions at high schools. That same warning was used in 2006 to help get that $970 million bond issued passed.

“The school system could be faced with the possibility of needing to convert elementary and middle schools to a multi-track, year-round calendar and using split shifts at high schools in order to gain the needed seats,” says FOWC on its website under the question of what happens if the bond doesn’t pass.

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WCTA calls Wake County school bond issue "unnecessary"

The Wake County Taxpayers Association says the $810 million school bond referendum is “unnecessary” because Wake can meet its needs by keeping all its modular classrooms and converting to regular use some rooms used for things such as band, art and special education.

In an interview Friday on the Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, WCTA Vice President Tony Pecoraro said the Wake County school system doesn’t in the near future need the extra capacity that would come from the proposed $939.9 million school construction program. Pecoraro told the conservative talk show host how Wake wants to remove many of its modular classroom units.

“These are classrooms that have been bought and paid for in place,” Pecoraro said of the modular classrooms. “If they just left those in place, that would add 12,000 to 15,000 seats to their capacity, which is just about enough to meet their 2016 requirements.”

WCTA to talk about Wake County school bond issue today on Bill LuMaye Show

Leaders of the Wake County Taxpayers Association will appear on the Bill LuMaye Show today to explain why they’re opposing the $810 million school bond issue.

Ed Jones, the group’s chairman, and Tony Pecoraro, the group’s vice president of external affairs, will be on 850 AM from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Pecoraro will likely talk about his analysis of Wake County school capacity figures to contend that the new seats in the bond aren’t needed.

“Tell your friends, neighbors, even your enemies - anyone that needs educating - to listen,” says the WCTA in an email alert sent Thursday.

Wake County Taxpayers Association questions need for passing school bond issue

The Wake County Taxpayers Association isn’t just opposing this fall’s $810 million school bond issue because it would raise property taxes.

As noted in today’s article by Thomas Goldsmith, the WCTA is also challenging whether the Wake County school system needs all the new seats that would be provided by the bond. It’s a direct challenge to school bond supporters who say passage of the bond is needed to keep up with growth.

“We didn’t take an unofficial position until we had all the facts,” said WCTA Chairman Ed Jones.

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