Construction begins on new elementary school in Raleigh

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The YMCA of the Triangle and Wake County broke ground on a joint YMCA and Wake County Public School in Raleigh.

The Southeast Raleigh YMCA and Elementary School will be built at 1436 Rock Quarry Rd. It will serve nearly 500 children in grades pre-K to 5, according to a statement from the YMCA of the Triangle.

The facility will feature a community kitchen and extra pre-kindergarten classrooms. The YMCA will offer free swim lessons to families of students.

The YMCA of the Triangle purchased 32 acres in the Rock Quarry Road corridor near I-440 three years ago. The property will serve as the home, or YMCA Beacon Site, that will include the joint YMCA and public school, mixed-use housing and commercial spaces.

The project is schooled for completion in 2019.

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