School board majority, Wake mayors meet

January 22, 2010 2:39:43 AM PST
The new Wake County School Board that has been shaking things up will meet Friday morning with the mayors of Wake County.

Some mayors have expressed their willingness to align with the board's newest majority but other may be resistant to changes.

The issue is building schools in cities and towns and it came to a head over the last year when the mayor of Rolesville, at the urging of neighbors, began complaining about the location of a new high school in northern Wake County.

The old school board majority chose the site located on Forestville Road.

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles said he suggested new sites the board could purchase at a cheaper price. He also said his suggested location would not cause as many headaches for neighbors.

The old board said any change would cause as much as a tow or three-year delay in construction for the school that planned to open in 2012. However, in a meeting last week with county commissioners, some of the new school board majority indicated a willingness to scrap the school system's original site.

"I do have one that I am leaning towards, and I will say that it is not the original site," board member Debra Goldman said.

Mayor Eagles also claims real estate brokers should not be involved in school site deals. He said when someone is making money off of land sales, you can never be sure they have the school's true interest at heart.

The new majority already has received a warm welcome by some of Wake's Republican mayors. They still have to see what some of the Democrat mayors think.

The meeting begins at 8 a.m.

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