WCPS schedules information meetings about school projects, proposed sales tax

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The first of six informational meetings about school projects and the proposed one-quarter of a cent sales and use tax in Wayne County is scheduled for Jan. 23 at Charles B. Aycock High School.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the school cafeteria. The attendance zone includes students at CBA, Fremont Stars Elementary, Northeast Elementary, Northwest Elementary and Norwayne Middle School.

In a recent joint meeting, the Wayne County Board of Education and Wayne County Board of Commissioners jointly approved 40 school projects over the next five years if the one-quarter of a cent sales tax referendum gets a majority “yes” vote on the March 3 primary election ballot.

Phase I includes new school construction, classroom additions and either renovations or campus updates to 13 schools. A major security upgrade is scheduled for all 27 schools. The price tag is $32 million.

“Now we just have to work to get the voters out and hopefully they will support this,” said Board of Education member Patricia Burton. “Mr. [Raymond E.] Mayo said that it’s probably going to touch more of the grandchildren. Ms. Strickland is here and it will touch her kids as well. It is a movement in the right direction. My only disappointment is that it seems like it will take a long time to get it all done.”

Wayne County Public Schools has launched an informational website at bit.ly/2RAfonG, which includes an interactive map of school projects, a breakdown of school projects and estimated cost and facts about the one-quarter sales tax. Artistic renderings of school projects and other sources will be added to the site.

Here is the meeting schedule:

  • Jan. 29 - Spring Creek High School cafeteria, 6 p.m. The attendance zone is Spring Creek Elementary, Spring Creek High and Spring Creek Middle School.
  • Jan. 30 - Goldsboro High School cafeteria, 6 p.m. The attendance zone is Carver Heights Elementary, Dillard Middle, Goldsboro High, North Drive Elementary and Wayne School of Engineering.
  • Feb. 5 - Eastern Wayne High School cafeteria, 6 p.m. The attendance zone is Eastern Wayne Elementary, Eastern Wayne High, Eastern Wayne Middle, Greenwood Middle, Meadow Lane Elementary and Tommy’s Road Elementary.
  • Feb. 6 - Rosewood High School cafeteria, 6 p.m. The attendance zone is Rosewood Elementary, Rosewood Middle and Rosewood High.
  • Feb. 10 - Southern Wayne HS cafeteria, 6 p.m. The attendance zone is Brogden Middle, Brogden Primary, Carver Elementary, Grantham Elementary, Grantham Middle, Mount Olive Middle and Southern Wayne High.

    Parents with students at Edgewood Community Developmental School, Wayne Academy and Wayne Early/Middle College are encouraged to attend the meeting closest to where they live.

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