Source: News & Observer
Long-standing unmet needs riddle school districts across the state. In this year’s midterm elections, Wake County voters will have the opportunity to vote on two countywide bond measures that take a step toward addressing issues facing schools.
One of the two bonds will pay for upgrades at Wake Technical Community College. The other will designate millions for school construction to seven schools, such as:
- Athens Drive High, Ligon Middle, Brentwood Elementary, and Washington Elementary in Raleigh
- North Garner Middle and Briarcliff Elementary in Cary
- Lockhart Elementary in Knightdale
In addition, the bond will fund the construction of five new schools, along with security and equipment upgrades at other Wake County schools.
According to Tom Oxholm, co-chairman of the Friends of Wake County, in an interview with The News & Observer, the bond will bring an increase in property tax by just $21 or “four or five cups of coffee” from Starbucks.
“Our students and teachers are worth $21,” stated Oxholm.