An effort to pull back design money to start up E-20, Scotts Ridge Elementary and M-8 died at today's Wake County school board meeting
The board had voted 6-2 last month to approve spending the design money, subject to the approval of the county commissioners. School board members Debra Goldman and John Tedesco had voted no because none of the sites were in Southeast Raleigh and the decisions were being made before the new community assignment zones were finalized.
A revote was added to the agenda today at Goldman's request. But her motion to rescind the prior vote died when no one seconded her.
The vote came as supporters of M-8, envisioned as a small middle school near Leesville and Strickland roads in northwest Raleigh, launched an online petition to save the design money.
There's only enough money from bond savings right now to build two of the schools. But Don Haydon, chief facilities and operations officer, told board members today they'll eventually need to build all three with the remaining money coming likely from a future bond issue.
Goldman said she asked for the motion to be rescinded because there's only enough money right now to build two of the schools. She said they could save $800,000 by dropping design work for one of the three schools.