Cost for new Raleigh school too high?

October 13, 2009 9:38:39 AM PDT
Wake County school leaders talked about the rising cost to build a new high school Tuesday.Forest Ridge High School is to be built off Forestville Road in northeast Raleigh, but the financial crisis has already delayed construction.

Now, there's controversy about the location for the school because of the cost and opposition from some residents who are concerned about noise.

On Tuesday, the Wake Schools Facilities and Operations Committee explored - in great detail - the potential costs.

Committee members got an update from Assistant Facilities Superintendent Joe Descrormeaux.

"We're spending design and survey-type dollars, okay, in order to keep the project on schedule. We are not spending any construction-type dollars," he said.

Descrormeaux said costs are less than the original amount budgeted - more than $61.5 million. But infrastructure estimates - which include water, sewer and road construction - are over budget. Road improvements are expected to cost nearly $6 million.

Still, the committee was told savings from other school construction projects should cover those additional costs.

They also heard delaying prep work for the new high school - even by two weeks - could push the entire project back a year. That would mean an even bigger price tag for Forest Ridge High.

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