But here's a thought for all those people in the rural part of the county who are already organizing against putting a new high school west of the 15/501 bypass.
Wouldn't it be a coup for Durham to have what i think would be the East Coast's first environmental sciences/sustainable agriculture magnet school? The proximity to Duke Forest, the Primate Center, New Hope Creek and other wetlands makes the location very conducive to that kind of study. Partnering with, say, the Nicholas Center is another obvious advantage. Orange and Chatham counties are also centers of sustainable agriculture. Taking the thought a few steps further, the building itself could be designed using best practices, and instead of paving a parking area large enough for the entire faculty, staff, and student body, a la Riverside, parking could be kept to a minimum. Let the staff and faculty bid on who really wants to drive to work the most. Give financial incentives to faculty and staff for riding the bus or biking, and make sure that DATA is on board with providing frequent and reliable service during the morning and evening from a central parking location, perhaps in the inner city or somewhere near Duke.
Just saying there are a lot of options here if people are willing to get creative, and not look for cookie cutter solutions.