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Wake County school board members raise concerns about CTE high school

Plans for the Wake County school system's first career and technical education high school are going forward, but school board members have some questions.

The board voted Tuesday night to approve an interlocal agreement requesting the Wake County Board of Commissioners to lease, renovate and purchase the former Coca-Cola bottling facility at 2200 South Wilmington Street in South Raleigh.

But some board members are worried that the program they initially backed to offer options for students who don't want to go to college has turned into more of an early college concept. In addition, board members are also uncertain about what grades should be offered at the school.

Wake County school board offers to buy land for future northeast Raleigh middle school

The Wake County school board voted tonight to offer to purchase land for a new middle school in northeast Raleigh.

The board is offering $2,896,000 to buy this 29.864-acre parcel on Louisburg Road near Perry Creek Road. The seller is 5401 North LLC, which is aiming to build 2,200 homes in its town center community.

The school is in the M-13 target area that Wake has been searching in. Funding for the land purchase would come from the 2006 bond issue with construction costs likely coming from a future bond issue.

The deal is still subject to approval from the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

Moving toward the new CTE high school and a home for the Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy

The new CTE high school and plans to relocate the Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy to the former Thompson School building may finally being forward despite the recent bickering between the Wake County school board and county commissioners.

As noted in today's article, the commissioners approved Monday this memorandum of understanding to lease the former Coca-Cola bottling facility in South Raleigh and renovate it for opening for the 2014-15 school year as the CTE school.

Now the school board will hold a public hearing today on the CTE high school and vote on a resolution requesting commissioners go ahead with the deal.

UPDATE

The school board voted to enter into an interlocal agreement requesting the commissioners lease the Coca-Cola site for the CTE high school.

Amid concerns raised by some board members, a vote will be held Oct. 30 on whether the school should be open to sophomores, juniors and seniors or just juniors and seniors.

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Wake County school board committee to discuss magnet school grant and CTE high school

Magnet schools, the new career and technical education high school and a curriculum audit are on the agenda for today's Wake County school board student achievement committee meeting.

Staff will give an update on the federal magnet school grant that Wake will seek. This could include info on the themes for Fox Road, Green and Poe elementary schools and Carroll and Moore Square middle schools.

Staff will also provide information on the program offerings for the CTE high school that Wake hopes to open in 2014. The school board has officially asked county commissioners to acquire the former Coca-Cola facility in South Raleigh.

Commissioners Chairman Paul Coble has asked the school board to pass a resolution committing to the CTE high school for at least seven years before commissioners would consider acquiring the site.

Wake County school board chairman Kevin Hill talks about the firing of Superintendent Tony Tata

Wake County school board chairman Kevin Hill is continuing his efforts to justify the board majority's firing of Superintendent Tony Tata.

As noted in today's article, Hill met Friday with N&O editors and reporters to list out issues such as concerns about Tata's relationship with board members and staff and his handling of taxpayer dollars. Some of it's similar to what he said at Tuesday's board meeting but he went into more detail.

Hill also went into how he wants to handle the superintendent's search and the timing of the next school bond issue.

UPDATE

Click here to view the letter to the editor from Kevin Hill that will appear in Tuesday's paper in response to Tata's point of view column.

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Wake County school system's growth falls 910 students short of projections

Instead of 1,000 students above projection, it turns out the Wake County school system is 910 students below projection this school year.

School communications officials say this year's official enrollment, based off the 20th day of classes last week, is 149,508 students. That's a net gain of 2,821 students from last year's total of 146,687 students.

A gain of more than 2,800 kids is nothing to sneeze about. But keep in mind the official enrollment projection, used in the budget presented to the county, called for 150,418 students this year.

Wake County Commissioner candidates differ on school bond and firing of Superintendent Tony Tata

Not surprisingly, the recent firing of Wake County Superintendent Tony Tata and the possible 2013 school bond issue came up at Thursday's forum for candidates for county commissioner.

As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, the Republican candidates criticized Tata's firing while the Democratic candidates said it was the Democratic board majority's prerogative. They also differed on the need for a bond issue.

Republican candidates Paul Fitts and Dale Cooke called it a "colossal" mistake to fire Tata.

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Wake County school board members and public weigh in on firing of Superintendent Tony Tata

Democratic members of the Wake County school board were under the gun Tuesday to justify their decision to fire Superintendent Tony Tata.

As noted in today's article, Democratic members got far more explicit about their reasons for firing Tata than they did last week. At the same time, members of the audience and the Republican board members ripped into the board majority for its decision.

School board chairman Kevin Hill set the tone for the Democratic response during his opening comments.

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Paul Coble puts joint meetings on Wake County school bond issue on hold after firing of Superintendent Tony Tata

The firing of Wake County Schools Superintendent Tony Tata has resulted in joint meetings between the school board and county commissioners on the next school bond issue being put on hold.

In this letter dated Friday, Board of Commissioner Paul Coble writes to school board chairman Kevin Hill that there's "no reason" now to hold the joint meetings until the commissioners get resolution on issues that have been put "up in the air" by Tata's firing.

Coble wants the school board to pass a resolution on the new/revised student assignment plan. He also wants the school board to pass resolutions affirming their support, for at least the next seven years, for the  Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy and for the CTE high school.

UPDATE

Click here for the article in Tuesday's paper.

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First Wake County commissioners meeting today since firing of Superintendent Tony Tata

Members of the Republican majority on the Wake County Board of Commissioners could have some tough questions today for school officials about funding the new career technical education high school.

It's not that the commissioners think the CTE high school is a bad idea. In fact, they like the idea of setting up a high school for Wake County students to get training in skills in case they don't plan to go to college.

But Republican commissioners who've criticized the Democratic school board majority's firing of Superintendent Tony Tata could begin to show their public skepticism of the school system's actions. Signs of that were shown in various media interviews on Tuesday.

Relations between the two boards could get colder in the next few months as school construction bond issues and school funding are discussed.

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