East Wake Republican Club Opposes the Bond
PRESS RELEASE - 9/13/13
References - 9/13/13
Talking Points - 9/13/13
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Candidates opposing the bond:
Don McIntyre - District 1
Matt Scruggs - District 2
(there are others, but they're so
The following are resources for your own research as to why this bond should be rejected by Wake County citizens.
- Wake County's Presentation (in support of the bond)
- This Presentation admits the following facts that support our decision to oppose this bond
- Virtually none of this bond will do anything to promote educational achievement (17% of the bond is dedicated to "school support items" which includes some technology buys that may impact some classrooms in a way that may have an impact on student achievement)
- They project spending $21 million on a new elementary school building, but admit that they will spend more than $21 million on each of four elementary school renovation projects, with nearly $25 million allocated for the renovation at Vandora Springs Elementary.
- They project spending $62 million on a new high school in 2016 (a high cost by any standard), yet plan to spend over $67 million on a renovation at Garner High School.
- There will be a more than 10% tax increase as a result of this bond.
- This debt would make Wake County second highest in debt to assessed value of any benchmarked Triple-A credit rated county in North Carolina or Virginia.
- "teacher monitoring is inconsistent"
- "there are few experienced teachers"
- "Busing gets some children to school late everyday"
- "students and teachers both complained about the food and the food service running out of food on a regular (almost daily) basis"
- “East Wake Middle School does not appear to receive funding commensurate with other buildings or even commensurate with its level of need, and the facility is in a dire state of disrepair.”
- Shows that WCPSS has available capacity and nearly $200 million in currently available funds. Also highlights that the increasing number of charter schools is not accounted for and that bonds and interest will be pushed over $4.6 billion.
- Reminds us that the School Board "repurposed" $130 million from the 2006 bond, adding to the loss of credibility they have with Wake County taxpayers.
- WCTA Position Statement
- PDF Presentation
- Building new Middle Schools for $19.25 million for both land and building
- Funding 6 renovations for $7.7 million - 1/3 of a single Wake County elementary school renovation
- After building a new middle school, they're investing a mere $3.2 million to convert the old middle school building to a new elementary school
- While the Johnston County school district is quite a bit smaller than Wake, they're still being much more efficient with their spending.