APEX — The Wake County school system isn’t wasting time getting its multimillion-dollar school-building program underway. Workers could move dirt on a new elementary school near N.C. 540 in Apex by this summer.
The Apex Town Council approved major site plans for Scotts Ridge Elementary School on Tuesday.
The new school, which will be able to accommodate 900 students, will help ease overcrowding at nearby schools in the fast-growing area.
Scotts Ridge Elementary is set to be a 96,397-square-foot building on 30 acres on Apex Barbecue Road. Features include an art patio and separate play areas for older and younger students.
“Obviously Wake County needs new schools,” said Councilman Gene Schulze. “It’s something we need, and it’s something Apex needs.”
Scotts Ridge Elementary School is part of the school system’s $939.9 million building plan, which will be primarily funded through $810 million in bonds approved by voters this fall.
Three other new elementary schools throughout the county are also in the works for this summer; all are expected to open in August 2015.
“We’re pleased to be the site of a new high school in Apex and a new elementary school,” said Mayor Keith Weatherly. “At least there is the opportunity for Apex kids to go to Apex schools. I believe that there is strong support on this school board for community schools. When it comes to support around schools, the farther you get away the less you identify with the school.”
Three other new schools are in the works in town. Apex Friendship High School is set to open in 2015 off of Olive Chapel Road. The campus will eventually include an elementary and middle school.
Weatherly is hoping it will reduce some of the overcrowding. Nearby Olive Chapel and Apex elementary schools are over capacity, according to Wake County Public School System records.
More growth is coming to Apex. There could be 20,000 new students by 2018.
“We’re on the cusp of an economic boom,” Weatherly said.
Residential development has picked up again. The Town Council is dealing with more public hearings and project proposals, Weatherly said.
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