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Wake parents can weigh in on year-round schools

Posted January 12, 2010
Updated January 25, 2010

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— Beginning Tuesday, parents of students attending public schools in Wake County can give their input on year-round schools.

The Wake County Board of Education sent letters Monday to parents of students in all grades, asking them to respond to an online survey to help the board make decisions about year-round schools and student assignment. (Read the survey questions.)

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Parents have until Jan. 25 to respond, and Wake County residents who do not have students enrolled in the school system can also leave comments until that time on the school system's Web site.

Also on Tuesday, the school board announced four community meetings scheduled for next month on the matter.

  • Tuesday, Feb. 9 at Holly Springs High School, 5329 Cass Holt Road, Holly Springs
  • Thursday, Feb. 18 at Heritage High School, 1150 Forestville Road, Wake Forest
  • Tuesday, Feb. 23 at Leesville Road High School, 8409 Leesville Road, Raleigh
  • Thursday, Feb. 25 at Panther Creek High School, 6770 McCrimmon Parkway, Cary

Each meeting runs from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the schools' auditoriums.

The Board of Education voted 5-4 last week to end mandatory assignment to year-round schools beginning with the 2010-2011 school year and to allow parents to choose whether their child attends a school with a year-round or traditional calendar.

Two years ago, the district converted 22 elementary and middle schools to year-round schedules.

At the time, administrators defended the controversial moves by saying it would help the district keep up with enrollment growth and save money on school construction since year-round schools can accommodate more students than traditional-calendar schools.

Opponents argue that year-round schools have not eased overcrowding and that they create a hardship for families.

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  • Mean Old Mom Jan 12, 2010

    Completed my survey online at the wcpps web site. Did not wait for the letter because the NC Wise student number is on every report card. If you keep your kids' report cards, you can find the number on that and don't have to wait for the letter from school.

    The schools where the meetings are being held are representative of the growth in those areas of Wake County.

  • speedy Jan 12, 2010

    vickieadamson: You should answer according to what you want and accept that the board will try to accomodate your request.

    As far as the responses: People won't vote, attend meetings or even respond to a survey either online or paper, but we should somehow ascertain what their preference is? Be serious.

  • speedy Jan 12, 2010

    dobe: I'd like my money back for the fire department and the EMS...because I don't have any use for them.

  • speedy Jan 12, 2010

    2xMom: Instead of posting here, how 'bout filling in your survey? Or don't you have access to a computer?

  • speedy Jan 12, 2010

    Rational: How far ARE you from Holly Springs?

  • AtALost Jan 12, 2010

    JustaCitizen, every resident is entitled to a free education. I received one so I pay my taxes even though I don't have kids who benefit now. My issue is with educating illegal alien kids who's parents aren't paying into the system. They should require annual tax returns before students may be enrolled. However businesses like the idea of educated, illegals who'll accept whatever wage they're offered. As salaries deflate, the American dream will harder for Americans to acquire.

  • HopingForABetterWorld Jan 12, 2010

    LIVEITUP...your post is the exact example of the argument many have. You have an attitude that you are better than those in the inner city area, and you are much smarter than "those morons" who don't even know their teacher's name. And make everyone else drive a "few minutes. Hmmm...southern Wake has a minimum 30-40 minute drive to get anywhere close to a site, without traffic. But that's ok...if they have something to say, they should drive the few extra minutes.

    Way to encourage ALL types of people and their opinions. You are sounding like the people that have posted that "they bought a house in an elite neighborhood and their children deserve to go to school with the elite students."

  • Nancy Jan 12, 2010

    2Xmom writes: "What happens if a parent doesn't have access to a computer to complete this "online" survey. There are plenty of people who don't have home computers and aren't able to go to the library to complete the survey."

    Did you bother to read the letter sent home? Did you bother to read the notice from WCPSS online (you're online, so I assume you availed yourself of accurate information).

    Every child got a letter to bring home which told them how to have input and no, it's not only online.

    But hey...............who's reading anyway.

  • vickieadamson Jan 12, 2010

    Because this survey is being done so quickly the results are going to be flawed. WCPSS administrative staff told them at a board work session that they had stopped doing all student surveys because they felt like they were not getting accurate results. Some school they got as high as 90% return rate and some school as low as a 30% return rate.

    What is to stop me from picking random ID numbers and filling out those surveys? The ID numbers were issued in sequential order. I filled out my child’s as soon as the surveys were available so no one else would fill it out before me. What happens if they get several submissions for one ID number? If a student has divorced parents does each one get to fill out a survey? What happens if there are not enough YRs to meet demand? This is a total waste of tax payer dollars.

    What should the parents do currently in YR and want traditional calendar – opt out or hope for their current school to be changed. If you want in YR how do you know which s

  • Mitch Jan 12, 2010

    "Incomma15: This board does not hide the fact that it is trying to exclude inner city parents. Look at where the meetings are held! are there any near downtown?"

    So if I understand this correctly you have no problem with everyone's kids being bused all over the county for school but you have an issue with these meetings being held at locations inconvenient for you? Really?

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