ORANGE COUNTY – School and county leaders will meet Thursday to discuss a possible bond referendum to finance new facilities.

Orange County needs a new jail, while Chapel Hill-Carrboro school administrators are already beginning to plan for the district’s fifth middle school.

Combined, those two projects could cost as much as $72 million dollars.

In addition, both the Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Orange County school systems are facing steep costs to repair aging schools.

The school boards will meet with County Commissioners to discuss how to pay for both new construction and the restoration of older buildings. County staffers are exploring the possibility of putting a bond referendum on the ballot in November of 2014.

The boards meet Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road.