Wake commissioners meet with school board

January 20, 2010 9:55:00 PM PST
The Wake County School Board and Wake County Commissioners met for the first time Wednesday since the new school board members were sworn in.Members say they are ready to get along and get northern Wake County a new school.

The new high school was supposed to go on Forestville Road, but it is currently only in the minds of school board members and the Wake County commissioners.

Wednesday they looked over other sites deemed as good alternatives.

"I do have one that I am leaning towards and I will say that it is not the original site," Wake County School Board Vice Chair Debra Goldman said.

"I don't want to make any determination as a particular choice just yet," Wake County School Board Member John Tedesco said. "I think today was an information session."

But it was also a new chance for the two boards to mend their contentious-at-times public image.

"I am very confident in our ability to work with this new school board," Wake County Commissioners Chair Tony Gurley said.

"I see continuous improvement on the working relationship between Wake County Public School System, their board of education, as well as the Wake County Commissioners," Wake County Commissioner Joe Bryan said.

However, there were a couple of rough spots during Wednesday's meeting.

"What I want to do is focus these joint meetings on the items that are on the agenda and try to limit commissioners from grand-standing on other items," Gurley said.

Other than Gurley chastising a fellow commissioner for "rambling," both groups agreed they are ready to move forward and get things going for Wake County - getting a new high school built is just one step in the right direction.

"This is critical," Tedesco said. "These are the two leading bodies that steer the direction of this county and our future together and I think what you've seen today is the start of something."

School board members say they hope to finalize the site for a new high school possibly by their next meeting.

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