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Wake County school board offers to buy former YWCA of the Greater Triangle building

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The former YWCA of the Greater Triangle building in downtown Raleigh could become a Wake County school.

The school board voted tonight to offer $1 million to the bankruptcy trustee to buy the building on East Hargett Street. The YWCA of the Greater Triangle closed Feb. 29 amid mounting financial woes.

No decision has been made on what would be housed there. But since it's across the street from the Thompson School building that will house the Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy, one option could be to use it for expansion space.

The purchase is still subject to a land appraisal and the approval of the county commissioners.


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Keung--A question for you

Is there any truth to the rumor that another department in WCPSS is trying to secure the YWCA for themselves instead of it being used for the WYMLA? Have you heard any talk about this?

There's actually some second

There's actually some second thoughts among even the Republican board members that the Thompson School is the right location for the WYMLA because of the lack of capacity. There's some question whether even having the YWCA would give enough space if it was used as an annex.

Let me get this one

I don't know.

You are an ungrateful person

You are an ungrateful person aren't you. I assume you realize I don't have to spend anywhere near the time I do writing these blog posts and answering questions.

Ignore him Keung. We all

Ignore him Keung. We all appreciate your dedication to this blog.

Wouldn't that amount to

Wouldn't that amount to staff undermining students and other staff for facilities?

I guess it would. Even

I guess it would.

Even though some of the Dems have expressed support for the leadership academies, I don't trust that they do. I don't think Hill will actively do anything to get them shut down but he will allow for them to wither and die on the vine. Probably even hasten the process through decisions that are made for "the good of the whole".

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.