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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The school board voted unanimously Tuesday night to request $41.6 million from county commissioners to replace two aging schools.

Both Lowrance Middle School and Konnoak Elementary School were built in the 1950s. School officials have pointed out the two schools are inefficient and dangerous in some cases.

While the entire board voted in favor of the request, board member David Singletary raised concerns school officials were not being proactive enough in school planning. Singletary pointed out that replacing Lowrance Middle School will still leave the school at full student capacity once building is complete.

"This nagging feeling says can't we hang on to 2016 so we only put one imposition on our tax payers," said Singletary, who brought up the thought of waiting till a bond referendum in 2016 that could provide enough for the school to be replaced with plenty of room to grow. "Do it right one time and do it right the first time."

Some county commissioners have said they don't believe the request will face any hurdles and most likely will be approved.