The grand-opening ceremony for the new Wake County Justice Center will be at 11 a.m. today.
County Commissioner Tony Gurley said the state-of-the-art 577,000-squsre-foot facility, with courtrooms and county offices, shows the county knows how to build more than just jails. That's a jibe tossed by some school board members to say they shouldn't lose authority for school construction to the county.
But school board member Jim Martin said that the new Justice Center doesn't show the county knows how to build schools.
In the meantime, Senate Bill 236 remains stuck in the state House Rules Committee. At stake is legislation allowing commissioners in nine counties, including Wake, to take control of school construction away from the school systems.