Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata says voters need to "cowboy up" to pass a school construction bond issue next year to maintain the area's quality of life.
Tata, school board member Chris Malone and Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley spoke out about the likely 2013 bond referendum on WRAL's On The Record show that aired Saturday. Bill Leslie, the show's moderator, asked Tata how "catastrophic" it would be if the bond issue was defeated.
"From my point of view, the capacity issues we've got right now are a challenge," Tata answered. "So if we can't get through a bond and get construction money, we're going to have to re-attack it again very quickly because it's just not even in the realm of conceivability that we're not going to be able to construct the schools because we're projected to have 200,000 students in the next nine years."