The school board isn't the only group in the mood to reconsider things.
County Commissioner Lindy Brown said today she's reconsidering her vote against buying an 80-acre parcel off Forestville Road north of Raleigh for a new high school. She said she'll ask commissioners to now support the deal after getting new information at today's joint meeting.
School board members and administrators made a pitch for the commissioners to reconsider last month's 4-3 vote. School leaders cited a new lower price for the land, the unsuitability of alternative sites and the impact on student assignment.
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The site, called H-6, is located near Heritage High School in Wake Forest. Chuck Dulaney, assistant superintendent for growth and planning, said that approving the H-6 site would allow the school to open on schedule in 2011 and play a big part in the new multi-year assignment plan.
Heritage High is scheduled to open in 2009 as swing space for Wake Forest-Rolseville High students while their campus is renovated.
In 2010, ninth- and 10th-graders will be assigned to Heritage.
Dulaney said they have a rare opportunity in 2010 in having two schools close to each other opening just a year apart.
Dulaney envisions early starting H-6. He'd assign the school's ninth- and 10th-graders to Heritage High in 2010. Heritage would basically be two separate schools.
The H-6 students would leave to their permanent building in 2011.
Dulaney stressed how this will help ease overcrowding in the northeastern part of the county sooner. The alternative if H-6 isn't ready would be to only have Heritage High half full with one group of ninth- and 10th-graders.