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February 27
Commissioners and School Board Reach Common Ground

Joint Release with the Wake Board of Education

On Thursday, February 27, 2014, representatives from the Wake County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the Wake County Board of Education (BOE) subcommittee met at the Wake County Public School System offices in Cary to discuss the interlocal agreement (ILA) between the two governing bodies.

The purpose of the ILA is to establish collaboration for the process of site acquisition, design and construction of school buildings and to promote a cooperative working relationship.

"We have reached a consensus concerning the ILA and it is ready to be passed by both boards," said Wake Commissioners' Chair Phil Matthews. "We are ready to move forward and do what's best for the community."

Wake County Board of Education Chair Christine Kushner noted, "Our community expects us to build and renovate school buildings to accommodate our growing population and keep schools up to date. Approval of the ILA will help to accomplish that."

The next steps include:
  • BOE approved the ILA at its regular meeting, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
  • BOC will approve the ILA at its regular meeting, Monday, March 17, 2014.
  • The boards will establish a Joint School Facilities Core Team to lead research, evaluations of the site acquisition, design, and construction.
The boards agreed to the subcommittee at their last joint meeting, Friday, February 21, 2014. The subcommittee included Matthews, Commissioners' Vice Chair Tony Gurley, Commissioner Caroline Sullivan, Kushner, Schools' Vice Chair Tom Benton and School Board member Keith Sutton, along with Interim County Manager Joe Durham, County Attorney Scott Warren, Superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill and Wake Board of Education attorney Jonathan Blumberg.

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