The Wake County school board voted 5-4 tonight to rescind its decision to lease an office building to house freshmen from Cary’s Panther Creek High School.
The board had voted Feb. 7 to lease a 77,574-square-foot office building at 3700 Pleasant Church Grove Road in Morrisville. Parents complained that the office building was too far from the main campus to allow for convenient access to classes and extracurricular activities.
Left undetermined is what the school system will now do to relieve overcrowding at Panther Creek.
The school board had previously rejected placing modular classroom units on the site of a planned middle school next to Alston Ridge Elementary in Cary. The Alston Ridge site wouldn't be ready until the 2013-14 school year, compared to this fall at the office building.
School board member Deborah Prickett pointed to the need to deal with crowding this year. But school board chairman Kevin Hill said he's satisfied Panther Creek can hold the freshman on the main campus for one more year.
The vote went along party lines with all five Democrats voting yes and all
four Republicans voting no. A vote to delay the decision until March 6 was defeated by the same 5-4 margin.