Northwest Raleigh could get a new elementary school at some point.
The school board voted Tuesday to pay $2,471,700 for 29.96 acres on the northern side of Shooting Club Road and on the western side of Creedmoor Road (NC 50). Click here for info on the parcel.
No opening date is set. Funding would come from the next school construction bond issue or some other means.
School board member Patti Head said that the district had been looking for affordable land in that area for several years.
Head said the new site replaces an elementary school that had been slated to be built on Leesville Church Road. Wake plans to build a middle school there now instead. That middle school is also waiting on the next bond isssue.
The vote was 6-2 with Beverley Clark and Ron Margiotta voting no.
Clark wanted to reevaluate the school district's capital program in light of the changing economic conditions.
Margiotta questioned the $82,500 per acre cost, thinking it could be gotten for a cheaper price.
But Head said the land was within the school district's budget. She argued that it would cost even more money to buy land in northwest Raleigh that had water and sewer.
Now it's up to the county commissioners to decide whether to fund the purchase.