We're potentially three weeks away from a preliminary vote on the renovation projects that would be funded in the next Wake County school bond referendum.
The Wake County school board got an overview from staff today of the initial list of proposed whole campus renovations, partial campus renovations, life cycle projects and support and athletic facilities. No decisions were made today.
Staff will bring the list back at next Tuesday's board meeting for further discussion. Don Haydon, chief facilities and operations officer, said he'd like the board to at least give a thumbs up vote on Sept. 4 to see if they're going in the right direction on the list.
Once approved, Assistant Superintendent Joe Desormeaux said they'd work on different scenarios of renovations and new schools for the board to choose from. They'll also by then have dollar amounts for the renovation projects.
Proposed renovations to Athens Drive High's football stadium and the possibility of using regional athletic stadiums or complexes drew the most discussion.
School board member Jim Martin asked that the district meet with Athens Drive families to discuss the project. Several booster parents have hired a lawyer and threatened to sue Wake if renovations aren't made.
Desormeaux said staff is willing to meet with the families. He said the reason the projected cost range is so wide at $1 million to $7 million is because the high end is what the parents think it should cost.
The idea of building a regional athletic stadium or complex got a mixed reaction.
School board member Debra Goldman said losing an athletic facility would take away from the historic nature of some schools.
School board member John Tedesco quipped he'd never be elected in Garner again if he suggested taking away Garner High School's stadium. But he said that it could save money if new high schools used athletic facilities from existing schools.