The Wake Education Partnership is offering some insight on the tricky balance that the Wake County school board will face between renovation and new schools in the upcoming school bond issue.
In the latest issue of In Context, WEP notes Thursday that building the maximum number of new schools will ease crowding. But not doing renovations could lead to a case of "you can pay me now or pay me more later" as problems build up over time.
"Finding the right balance will be frustrating," the WEP writes. "Commissioner Phil Matthews asked if it wouldn't be cheaper to just knock down the old schools and replace them. The short answer is, it's not."