Wake County needs 17 additional new schools by 2022

Growth is slowing, but Wake County school administrators say the system needs 17 more new schools by 2022 to keep up with the thousands of new students still expected to enroll.

School facilities staff identified Wednesday the need for 10 new elementary schools, three new middle schools and four new high schools, eight of which Wake still needs to find land to build on. Many of the new schools are located near the current and future route of Interstate 540/N.C. 540, particularly in southwest Wake.

The need comes as the school system is looking for 25 acres for a new elementary school, 35 acres for a middle school and 70 acres for a high school. The difficulty of finding large enough sites for new schools caused Wake school board members to joke about the challenges Wednesday.


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