You've got a mix of school board politics and catcalling between Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles and school administrators over the Forest Ridge High School site.
On Monday, District 1 candidate Debbie Vair was planning to present to Wake County Commissioners her alternative to using the Forest Ridge location. But Vair wasn't allowed to make the presentation because Commissioner Betty Lou Ward objected to letting a candidate speak.
Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles stepped in for Vair and made the presentation for acquiring a site on U.S. 401 near Louisbury Road. It's about a mile or so from the Forest Ridge site on Forestville Road near U.S. 401.
Eagles said it would have made more sense to let Vair speak because she had done all the research on the alternative site.
On Tuesday, school administrators told school board members why they felt the Forest Ridge site was still superior even thought they're still facing $5.8 million in additional road improvement costs.
Administrators said the 52-acre parcel proposed by Eagles was too small. It's about 60 acres for the Forest Ridge site.
Administrators also said there would be significant access issues for the alternative site because of its close proximity to the proposed Rolesville Bypass. They said the access issues are why they had not recommended that site when they looked at it before.
Eagles said administrators misrepresented the property to board members.
But what might have been the winning argument for board members is that staff told them that abandoning the Forest Ridge site would delay the opening of a new high school in that area by another two years to 2014.
But it commissioners reject providing additional funds for Forest Ridge, the school district could lose even more time having to then start finding an alternative site.