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Wake schools look to expand to prevent future overcrowding

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RALEIGH -- A fast growing student population has the Wake County School Board looking to expand. They'll meet again Tuesday to discuss plans to add more schools to the district and the money needed to pay for it.

School officials say their student body is growing by about 4,000 students each year and that's why they're taking a proactive approach to prevent overcrowding.

School administrators predict that within the next five years, Wake County Schools will exceed capacity by about 20,000 students. They say the county may have to build more than 20 schools to keep up with the growth.

In addition to building schools from the ground up, many standing schools are in need of major renovations. Some schools in the area are more than 40 years old...

"If we're not building the schools now, we're only going to get further and further behind," said school board member Jim Martin.

To pay for it, the county would have to ask voters to approve a bond. The current wish list could cost about $1 billion.

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