The Wake County school system is a big step closer toward relocating its main administrative offices from North Raleigh to Cary.
The county commissioners agreed Monday on the school board's plan to lease additional office space at Crossroads Corporate Park, located off Dillard Drive near Crossroads shopping center in Cary. This would result in selling the main building now on 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.
Commissioner Harold Webb was the lone no vote. He said he opposed the plan because many county residents would find Cary too far to travel to attend to school business.
But school officials say Crossroads is closer to the geographic and population centers of Wake County than the Wake Forest Road building.
In addition to selling the Wake Forest Road property, the school system to sell buildings it owns on 2302 Noble Road and 4600 New Bern Avenue, both also in Raleigh.
The school system also plans to relocate employees from the Magnet Resource Center on the campus of Millbrook Elementary School in Raleigh.
The move would take place in 2011.
School staff and board members say the consolidation could save $29 million over the next 20 years.
The school board has scheduled a Thursday meeting at noon to vote on sending the plan to the state Local Government Commission, which has the final say. School board chairman Ron Marigotta said that's the only item on the agenda. He said school staff didn't want to wait until the July 20 meeting.