Don't count on Raleigh to help come up with any of the costs for abandoning the Forest Ridge High School site in favor of a site in Rolesville.
Wake County school administrators had warned that abandoning Forest Ridge, located in northeast Raleigh, would lead to $15.4 million in additional costs. After losing the vote to keep Forest Ridge, the school board minority got Debra Goldman to join them in asking Knightdale, Raleigh, Rolesville, Wake Forest and Wake County to donate $7 million to help offset the additional costs.
Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker said the request will be discussed at today's City Council meeting. But the response will be a quick no.
Meeker said that Raleigh can't legally donate money to a project that's taking place outside the city. He said the city attorney will amplify why the money can't be given at today's meeting.
But even if it was legal, Meeker said there's not a majority on the City Council who would be willing to give any money.
Meeker has been a critic of the new board majority. His wife, school board member Anne McLaurin, had voted against abandoning Forest Ridge and for requesting the money from the towns.