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Wake County school board approves pair of single-sex schools

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RALEIGH – Wake County will have two single-sex schools next year. One Leadership Academy for grades 6 through 12 will be for boys and the other will be for girls.

The school board agreed to fund the schools Tuesday night. The cost is estimated at $7.9 million but some members said the project was moving too fast.

“I think we ought to go out and look at a couple of them. We ought to get experience, talk to people who have had experience in these. I think they are not bad, I'm inclined to vote for them but I don't vote the first time I've heard anything,” said Wake County School Board member Dr. Anne McLaurin.

The Student Assignment Task Force also said Tuesday that the district will need between five and 25 additional buses to implement the proposed assignment plan and allow existing students to stay at their current schools.

The buses could cost anywhere from $500,000 to more than $2 million but district officials said they might be able to borrow the buses from the state, free of charge.

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