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Knightdale group to hold first meeting on school improvement

Posted October 22, 2013

Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen
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— A task force formed to figure out how to improve student performance and the perception of schools in Knightdale will met for the first time Tuesday night.

The Knightdale Area Education Work Group will address problems revealed in an audit last year.

Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen says he wants to change the poor perception about schools in his town.

“You have almost 50 percent of the students in Knightdale not going to Knightdale schools,” he said earlier this month.

The audit showed inconsistent teacher expectations and unevenly distributed resources. Auditors looked at Knightdale Elementary, Hodge Road Elementary, East Wake Middle and Knightdale High schools.

The work group will likely look at the audit and student achievement numbers as they try to find a solution.

The mayor says the reality of fixing the problem will come down to money.

"Meeting is great, talk is great. Now we need to get results, and we need to do it quickly because it is long overdue,” Killen said.

Tonight's meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at Forestville Road Elementary School, 100 Lawson Ridge Road. The group's final meeting is set for Dec. 19, and any recommendations made would go to the full school board.
 

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  • NE Raleigh Oct 23, 2013

    Too many non- English speaking children and a large minority population that are underachievers and lack priorities. I don't care if I'm not politically correct, a hater, or racist. Those are just that facts that everyone is just sweeping under the rug. Knightdale High School is just dangerous. At one point my subdivision was assigned to Knightdale High. We would taken the private school route, at any cost. This administration will end exporting minorities and importing white children. That's all they know. Who would move to Knightdale with the schools they have?

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 22, 2013

    Within Knightdale Hodge Road really does have a worse reputation. Perhaps they need a change in administration, especially based on the reaction NiceNSmooth got.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 22, 2013

    I understand there are multiple problems. Tearing down people looking for solutions is not helpful. The things you mention are programs to keep the high performers (no AG would be a deal breaker for me and I'm shocked they don't have it). In addition to those things we need to figure out how to get more parents involved or how to overcome that disadvantage and help those children succeed despite their parents. Maybe a big brother/ big sister program in schools.

  • NiceNSmooth Oct 22, 2013

    Both of my children went to Hodge Road. The teachers knew my name and face but not because of problems but because I wanted to know who my children were with all day. Same with middle school at Zebulon Middle.

    two points... I was on PTA board at Hodge Rd and was there complaining so much the Principal suggested I apply for the magnet program.. so my participation was never the issue.

    2nd.. you too are part of the 50% of residents sending their kids out of knightdale because if you were zoned to Hodge Rd your base middle is not Zebulon middle

  • sallyquality Oct 22, 2013

    Both of my children went to Hodge Road. The teachers knew my name and face but not because of problems but because I wanted to know who my children were with all day. Same with middle school at Zebulon Middle. And much to their embarrassment East Wake High too. Although by their senior year, they were over the embarrassment. My kids both did well...one did it easier than the other but 2 different kids. If your child's teachers do not know you on sight, make an appointment to meet and talk with them. And yes I worked full time during all of their school years. It's part of your responsibility as a parent to be involved.

  • CarolinianByChoice Oct 22, 2013

    >> they deserve to continue being yanked around. While their kids continue to get a lesser education than the rest of the county.
    Unfathomable you blame one school board member for the embarrassing national laughingstock the last board managed to make of this county. How dare you suggest the children in one section of the county deserves a “lesser education” simply because you personally hold a low opinion of the board member who represents that district? Knightdale residents pay taxes the same as any other county resident and are entitled to same quality of services.

  • CarolinianByChoice Oct 22, 2013

    >> We need to find ways to help kids with less parental support and programs to keep the high performing kids in Knightdale.
    I tend to believe we need to find a way to hold parents accountable for, at the very least, their children’s attendance and behavior. Not all parents can help their children's studies, but there are tutoring opportunities made available to students (at least when my child attended a few years ago there were). HOWEVER, when a child’s behavior in the classroom is causing such a disruption that other children cannot learn then a parent needs held accountable for correcting that behavior, not just expect the school to control/discipline their child.

  • NiceNSmooth Oct 22, 2013

    We need to find ways to help kids with less parental support and programs to keep the high performing kids in Knightdale.

    you are talking about two completely different problems!!! One Knightdale schools are underfunded and have less quality resources!!!! Yes, there are pockets of great teachers but the schools are terrible. Hodge Road elem. doesnt offer electives, has no band, limited art, no AG program, etc.!!! East wake middle is running out of food on a daily baisis and has holes in the walls.

    Fix these basics and then we can work on programs to get less involved parents to participate.

  • ezLikeSundayMorning Oct 22, 2013

    The principal at Knightdale Elementary and most of the teachers are great! We are having the same problem all over, poorer kids tend to get less support at home and therefore don't do as well at school. These Knightdale schools have a higher percentage of poorer students. Now we are in a cycle of the bad results leading involved parents to send their kids other places making the overall results even worse.

    We need to find ways to help kids with less parental support and programs to keep the high performing kids in Knightdale.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Oct 22, 2013

    I hope the people in Knightdale aren't being mislead again, but I'm sure they are. However, since they allowed the worst possible candidate to be elected to serve their needs for the next several years they deserve to continue being yanked around. While their kids continue to get a lesser education than the rest of the county.

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