The fate of Panther Creek High School's new ninth-grade center is still in limbo.
A July vote blocking the Wake County school system from spending money to set up a modular ninth-grade campus next to Alston Ridge Elementary School still stands. The school board's Democratic majority hasn't called for a revote on that decision that was made when Republicans had control for a day.
During last week's school board work session, board member Deborah Prickett asked staff for an update. Prickett has been a vocal critic of using the M16 site next to Alston Ridge Elementary.
Don Haydon, chief facilities and operations officer, said they're still working on the issue and will come back to the school board as soon as they can with an update or a recommendation.
Haydon said they're still looking at several options, including the M16 site and two sites that can be leased. Using the M16 site could still pose problems for Cary town officials who don't think it should house the ninth-grade center.
Prickett said she hopes they can find a closer building than the office building in Morrisville that the school board had initially agreed to lease before opting to erect modulars at M16.
Haydon answered they're still looking, including at some sites suggested by Prickett. But Haydon added that "so far there is no good solution."
It's looking less likely with each passing day that a ninth-grade center will be ready for the 2013-14 school year.