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Four Wake year-round schools will go traditional

Posted March 2, 2010

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— Three year-round schools in Wake County will return to a traditional-calendar schedule next school year, the Board of Education decided Tuesday.

Leesville Road Elementary and Leesville Road Middle in Raleigh and Mills Park Elementary in Cary will undergo conversions.

The board also voted to open Cary's Mills Park Middle School, slated to open in the fall as a year-round school, as a traditional-calendar school.

The board also considered conversions of Salem Middle and Wakefield Elementary, but decided against them.

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  • Boo Mar 4, 2010

    What a shame that NO ONE cares about the children. The School Board certainly doesn't mind jerking them around, the parents are pulled from pillar to post and the children are just caught in the middle. Now I want everyone to start complaining about having to pay higher taxes to pay for more schools to take up the slack for losing year round schools.

  • Sunc Mar 3, 2010

    Way to go Leesville and others. Now on we march to get the rest reversed!
    time4real

    Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't the majority of the parents at Leesville Elementary say they wanted to stay year round? How does this make them out to be winners? So much for listening to what the parents wanted, wasn't that the board's platform?

  • familyfour Mar 3, 2010

    Look at all that wasted money.

  • jena8207 Mar 3, 2010

    My daughter is a 3rd grader at Leesville and we are in that 78% that prefer the year-round calendar. I am shocked that they have changed Leesville back to traditional with no plan in place for parents to opt for a year round school option. I have been in contact with WCPSS Growth and Planning department this morning looking for any information on what is next for us and where we will be moving. I have been advised that they are waiting on direction from the School Board. Give me a break! I am also waiting to see that now that we have a "CHOICE" if they will also be providing transportation to both options per neighborhood. Doubtful!

    I am just so proud of Deborah Prikkett(correct spelling sensored) and that she was able to stay true to her campaign promises. NOT! She twisted that one to her benefit. I guess we will be one of those parents taking that other "great option, just two miles down the road". That's if they have enough space for us.

  • cubed32696 Mar 3, 2010

    NC4Now

    Not all YRS are operating ALL four tracks, due to lack of students. Sycamore(sp?) Elem. has 300 empty seats right now. If parents really have a choice in whether their child attends YR or traditional, the attendence in the schools will shift as well. There are a lot of students in traditional that their parents want in YR and the opposite is true for traditional.

  • cubed32696 Mar 3, 2010

    trainload — I read someone whining about that they hoped the parents find child care and summer camps for their children at this late date. Look outside there is snow on the ground - you are talking about the summer - quite a bit of time to react unless you are wanting the government to react.

    You obviously do not know anything about summer camps. The majority of ALL camps have registration in February for their summer programs. Has nothing to do with “government reaction.” There is a lot of planning ahead of time. I always knew what my son was going to be doing for summer well before March.

    I’m sure things will work themselves out. Parents in Wake Country are used to last minute changes from the school system. They will manage just fine. No one is asking YOU to do anything.

  • NC4Now Mar 3, 2010

    Question from an impartial observer (no agenda here):
    Due to the fact that year-round schools are open year round, they have a much larger capacity than calendar-year schools. For example, if a calendar-year school can handle 600 kids, a year-round school can handle 800 kids (one group of 200 always tracked out).
    Once these schools are converted to calendar-year, what schools are going to pick up the slack? Where will each of these converting schools place the 200 kids who no longer fit into their school? (Again, I'm estimating counts here ...)

  • trainloadr Mar 3, 2010

    I read someone whinning about that they hoped the parents find child care and summer camps for their children at this late date. Look outside there is snow on the ground - you are talking about the summer - quite a bit of time to react unless you are wanting the governemnt to react.

  • leo-nc Mar 3, 2010

    Good, lets do this with all the schools and while we're at it, I'm about sick of my kid having to go to a school 15 miles from our house. Make the change!!!

  • time4real Mar 3, 2010

    the parents and kids affected will make do like they always do. as a parent either work it out or stay home with your kids. THAT would be the real solution!

    Way to go Leesville and others. Now on we march to get the rest reversed!

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