Thousands chime in on Wake schools calendar

Posted January 25, 2010

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— The Wake County Board of Education has collected nearly 41,000 responses to a survey about how students are assigned and calendars planned for the county’s public schools.

The board opted to seek public input on the two contentious issues as they plan policy changes.

Parents had until noon Monday to respond to an online survey. (Read the survey questions.)

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Wake County residents who do not have students enrolled in the school system could 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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  • SS67 Jan 26, 2010

    Yeah, it stinks to go to ski resorts or Disneyworld when everyone else doesn't go.

  • SS67 Jan 26, 2010

    I love YR that much. After 2 summers of trying to keep my kid occupied but having him gripe about going to camp after 3 weeks of summer really made me feel lousy. It's alot easier for us "working parents" to manage vacations in a few week increments (kinda like real life, not school life). Just telling you you're assumption is wrong.

  • EAC090609 Jan 26, 2010

    Wow!! Believe it or not, some people actually do PREFER YR! From a teacher's viewpoint, parents would not believe the amount of information that students can't manage to retain over a long summer break. And I don't care how smart your student is- this applies to everyone! The continuity of instruction is without a doubt better in YR schools. Some parents have seen this and therefore have made YR their preference, and yes, they really DO like it that much! However, I am all for parent chioce, and if you feel that traditional is best for your family, then next year you will be able to make that choice.

    And FYI, as far as teachers getting a say in all of this, we were given a seperate survey to complete, indicating our calendar preferences. We were not left out of the process.

  • flashyswife Jan 25, 2010

    time4real...half of the soccer moms that say they "love yr" are just trying to save face. They wouldnt be caught dead admitting to another soccer mom that their kid isnt going to a better
    school than theirs. It's all about acting like you have a better life with them. All a facade. No one could love yr that much!

  • flashyswife Jan 25, 2010

    Death..speak for yourself. If you like yr that is great. However, yr is not the best choice for all students. I dont think my kid needs a 3 week break. They get plenty of days off and breaks as it is in Traditional. ALso, maybe I like to stand in long lines and take a vacation when everyone else does. That is my choice!!

  • time4real Jan 25, 2010

    flashyswife and ohsnap, you are right on the money. many, many agree with you, that is why we are where we are. most parents are just too afraid to say so. like a lot of teachers. afraid what the neighbors will think or how the boss will respond.
    the wcpss has been serving us buffalo nickels for years.
    it's all about to change, for some.

  • flashyswife Jan 25, 2010

    Good one, jbryd! :)

  • jbyrd Jan 25, 2010

    I responded and I commented on the bottom. I have heard from numerous teachers they do not want to switch back, and I think the people that teach our kids should also have a voice. Just as all taxpayers should have a voice. If they are going to decide to change it, they need to do it quickly as people do plan care for their children up to six months in advance.

    I know several, including my wife, who retired early because they were forced into teaching at year round. I was a nightmare having to roll her teaching materials around in a cart from one room to another (yes they have to change rooms after each break and she WAS a kindergarten teacher) But I guess that is what the county wanted, get rid of the experienced teachers and hire new CHEAP teachers. So much for quality education.

  • jbyrd Jan 25, 2010

    Sounds like a larger percentage responded than the percentage of voters who elected our last president, govenor, senators etc. Not a bad turn out if you ask me.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 25, 2010

    Traditional Schools outnumber YR by a lot. I would like to hear the stats/percentages of the people that responded to this survey. The percentage of YR parents responding to Traditional parents.

    I am definitely Pro-YR. I have two kids in Middle School ,that have been in YR since Day 1. It has worked perfectly for us. The various breaks during the year have provided us with many options for taking vacations and family trips. And NONE of those trips occur when the rest of the country is out of school. This makes for awesome vacations with short lines and uncrowded vacatiuon spots. But the real benefit is the kids are constantly in school ALL year long with short breaks. This allows them to stay sharp, but to reset the system with a break periodically. For us, and we believe for all kids, this is the best education choice.