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Time running out for Wake parents to weigh in on year-round schools

Posted January 25, 2010

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— Since Jan. 12, parents of students attending public schools in Wake County have been giving their input on year-round schools.

The Wake County Board of Education sent letters 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.

The school board has also 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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  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 25, 2010

    The timing between seating the new board and the deadline for decisions for the next school year is definitely problematic. Any new board needs to hit the ground sprinting. The quick actions are bound to have some errors, but dragging out any decisions for 1.5 years would draw just as many complaints.

  • WRALblows Jan 25, 2010

    It's funny that non "diversity" traditional calendar schools can far surpass those of Wake County in educational achievement but so many are convinced going back to the norm won't work here.

    The creative antics of the previous boards tyranny need to come to an end. It wasn't that broken and there was no need to fix it with a repair that was worse than the original damage. The previous board was just out on a crusade to bypass the Supreme Court decision against busing for racial integration. There statement was made, it was heard, the majority were disgusted with their antics and want the norm back.

  • In my humble opinion... Jan 25, 2010

    While my views tend to align with the new board's proposed changes, I agree that this survey could have been composed better to provide more specific and measurable insights.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 25, 2010

    Cantstand: I think the survey is to match facilities to demand. Is is COSTING money to run all these YR's waaayy under capacity. Fiscal responsibilty would be maximizing usage, don't you think?

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 25, 2010

    To answer one question, the new high school site is reportedly so inappropriate for building that the site prep alone is MILLIONS over budget. Fiscal responsibility was stopping it. The old board was trying to put a dress on a pig and call it a beauty queen at "their" chosen site. Some "good ole boy" got rich off it.

  • Nunya123 Jan 25, 2010

    helpthekids - how am I misinformed? Did this board pass a vote to end mandatory year round and then send out an extremely flawed survey to see who did and did not want year round? Was the vote on the agenda when the vote was taken? Did they have sufficient time to actually consider the financial impact of their decisions? When they cancelled the building of a high school, what did they use to justify that decision? Opinions of those who live nearby and didn't want increased traffic? In the few weeks that they had since elections were held, did they actually consider/review the financial impact these items had on the school budgets? Please o'wise one. Explain to me how I am so misinformed? Based on your comments, they should have an open checkbook and spend how ever much they want to make it the "model" school system. You write the check then. I am for a good school system, but I am also for fiscal responsibility.

  • TriangleMommy Jan 25, 2010

    Even if the opinions of 100% of the people were taken into account, less than 50% of the people would be happy with the results. Lets face facts - many people just like to complain and aren't going to be happy no matter what the outcome is.

  • MileageWarrior Jan 25, 2010

    i read about the survey on WRAL. i also got a letter home from school in my kid's bookbag.

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jan 25, 2010

    Since my last comment didn't make it.

    If you were unaware of the survey, you're probably unaware of a lot of things about your child and child's school.

  • Spongebob Jan 25, 2010

    can'tstand...you are very misinformed and causing yourself too much stress. The purpose of the survey is not to decide if we will have yr schools or not. It's for people to fill out, using your child's student id number which links them to the school they attend, to determine which schools will remain on a yr schedule. Also, are you aware of the financial mess the system is in right now and has been for the past few years? Many teachers have not seen their contracts renewed and many programs have been eliminated. If taxes go up, which I believe they should if we want a school system to be proud of, it will certainly be because we have to first get out of the current mess we are in. We can't blame the new board for that. Let's give them a try. We gave the others a try and look where it got us.

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