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We listened with intent and excitement as it was announced that Pine Hollow Middle School would be built:

Wake County leaders broke ground today for Pine Hollow Middle, due to open in July 2016. Board of Education members and County Commissioners leaders marked the start of construction for the 59-classroom school that will serve more than 980 students. School board chair Christine Kushner says Pine Hollow will be a warmly welcomed school.

“We have two year-round elementary schools – Sycamore Creek and Pleasant Union – that are nearby,” Kushner said. “We have a number of parents anxiously awaiting a middle school that is proximate and will have that same calendar.”

We have endured the traffic nightmares and safety issues caused by the moving of fill dirt from the building site of Pine Hollow that we were lead to believe was being built for kids on this side of town and this community.

We voted to pass the school bond (tax increase) to help build these facilities in order to keep these kids in school in our own community. By continuing on the proposed path WCPSS is undermining support from this community for any future support for a school bond referendum.

As it stands now we were sold a bill of goods leading us to believe that Pine Hollow was being constructed to keep our Middle School Kids in a school closer to our homes, thus promoting more parental involvement, a more vested interest in their well being and a school that kids do not have to endure a 1+ hour bus ride one way. These reasons, as well as others, place unnecessary hardships on the children, the parents and the entire families affected by these decisions of WCPSS.

We are petitioning the WCPSS to reconsider their decision to allow those children currently attending Sycamore Creek ES and Pleasant Union ES as the year round calendar option to feed into Pine Hollow MS.

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