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 , 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:
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.