The Wake County school board will act today on, depending on your point of view, a major folly of the old board majority or the new board majority.
The school board is scheduled to vote today on declaring the abandoned Forest Ridge High School site as being surplus property. This would allow the school system to sell the property to recoup some of its costs.
The new board majority had directed that the site be sold after voting February 2010 to abandon Forest Ridge. But the issue got some impetus last month when staff left in its future building plans a proposal to still build an elementary school on the site.
"WHEREAS, the Wake County Board of Education finds as fact the Property is no longer necessary for public school purposes and, further, that the best interests of the public schools would be served by the sale of said Property in accordance with the applicable North Carolina General Statutes," reads the resolution the board will vote on today.
The vote would totally sell off the land, also eliminating the elementary school that had been proposed along with the high school when it was first bought.
Critics of the old board majority blame them for going ahead with a site they say was bad in the first place. They also say the old board wasted money when it continued to do work on the site even after the soon-to-be new majority sent a joint letter in November 2009 asking that work be stopped.
Critics of the new board majority blame them for wasting money by abandoning the site after millions were already spent and for spending additional money to buy the replacement site in Rolesville.
BTW, today is also the final board meeting that will be held at Wake Forest Road. Future board meetings will be held at the new board office in Cary.
The board voted 6-2 to declare the land surplus with Carolyn Morrison and Keith Sutton voting no.