Joint Release with Wake County Board of Commissioners
Representatives from the Wake County Board of Commissioners (BOC) and the Wake County Board of Education (BOE) subcommittee met on Thursday, February 27, 2014, to discuss the inter-local 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.
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.”
“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.”
The next steps include the following:
- The Board of Education is expected to approve the ILA at their next regular meeting, Tuesday, March 4, 2014.
- The Board of Commissioners is expected to approve the ILA at their regular meeting, Monday, March 17, 2014.
- Upon approval, the boards will establish a Joint School Facilities Core Team to lead research, evaluation of site acquisition, design, and construction.
The boards agreed to the subcommittee at the last joint meeting on Friday, February 21, 2014. The subcommittee included Matthews and Kushner, Board of Education Vice-Chair Tom Benton, Board of Education members Keith Sutton and Bill Fletcher; Commissioners Vice Chair Tony Gurley, Commissioner Caroline Sullivan, along with Interim County Manager Joe Durham, County Attorney Scott Warren, Superintendent Dr. Jim Merrill, and Wake Board of Education attorney Jonathan Blumberg.