Wake County Commissioners are scheduled to vote today on taking over the acquisition of new school sites from the school board.
Based on this handout, it would still be up to the school system to identify target rings for where to look for new school sites. But it would be the county that would take the lead in finding site, in consultation with school staff.
If a potential site is found outside the target rings, it would be brought to the school system promptly for approval before any further county staff action is taken.
Click here for a flowchart on how the process would work.
Click here for legal expenses that the school system has paid for real estate work.
Today's vote is the culmination of years of discussion about who should be in charge of finding new school sites. Commissioners had rejected some sites proposed by the old school board on the grounds that too much was being paid.
Now both boards have passed resolutions agreeing to pass the duties over to the county.
In addition to land acquisition, today's vote would also have the county attorney take over legal representation in contested workers compensation cases involving locally-funded school district employees.
The audit of school district legal services by Thomas Farr had recommended transferring some legal work to the county attorney to save money.
The meeting starts at 2 p.m. in Room 700 of the county courthouse.