Troubles ahead for new school design, construction in North Carolina

Lauren Williams's picture
Thursday, January 9, 2014

If Monday’s Wake County Commissioner’s meeting is any indication, the Wake Board of Education could have a hard time moving forward with school construction projects.

A motion for the allocation of funds for the design and construction of three schools did not pass after heated discussions about costs, design process and county input.

Wake School’s Facilities Manager Joe Desormeaux requested a budget reallocation of $2 million and the appropriation of about $1.9 million to start the design process. Commissioner Paul Coble then began questioning Desormeaux on the design process, asking specifically, how they are saving money.

“What I find confusing is the use of the word ‘prototype,'” Coble said. “The apparent cost that you are asking for in this situation is on design. Are y’all using prototypes?”

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