Speaking of new school needs, the Wake County school board will have to make a decision soon on which ones to jumpstart.
Wake has enough uncommitted design money to start work on either two new elementary schools or one new middle school. The schools where the design money will be allocated will open sooner than other schools that would be funded out of the next bond issue.
The board previously agreed to provide design funds to try to accelerate Abbotts Creek and Scotts Ridge elementary schools. Joe Desormeaux, assistant superintendent for facilities, said it hasn't been determined which two other new elementary schools would be targeted for additional designs funds if that option is chosen by the board.
If the school board opts instead for a middle school, Desormeaux said the design money would go toward M-8, located on Leesville Church Road.
The board could be asked to approve a decision as soon as Tuesday.