Wake County Schools

Blog: Wake school board convenes

Posted November 1, 2011

Wake County Public School System

Margiotta, McLaurin, and Morrison serve in their last official school board meeting:

Tuesday's school board meeting is the last one officially scheduled for November and before the terms of Chairman Ron Margiotta, Dr. Carolyn Morrison, and Dr. Anne McLaurin expire. The board is scheduled to meet for one more work session later this month. McLaurin and Morrison both decided not to run for re-election. Voters elected Jim Martin to McLaurin's seat and Christine Kushner to Morrison's last month. The newly elected school board members will be sworn in in December. Keith Sutton will keep his seat, Susan Evans defeated Margiotta, and a November 8th run-off between board member Kevin Hill and challenger Heather Losurdo will decide the district 3 seat.

No video stream today:

Due to an equipment issue WRAL will not be able to stream Tuesday's Wake County School Board work session on our website. We apologize for any inconvenience.
You can watch the full school board meeting on wral.com starting at 5:30 p.m.

Board advisory councils:

The board heard a proposal to amend the board advisory rules to remove the section that reads: “Employees of the Wake County Public School System shall not be eligible to serve on a Board Advisory Council except those employees officially classified as temporary.”
The councils are set up for people within the nine districts to advise Board of Education members.

School calendar 2012-2013:

The board heard proposals for the 2012-2013 school calendar which must included an additional five days under new state law. That means teachers would lose five work days. The school board can vote to apply for a waiver to use those additional days for staff training instead of student instruction.

At the recommendation of board members Tata said the could work up a proposal requesting a waiver to use some of the five days for training and some for additional instruction.

 New school names:

After months of talk about building new schools and adding new all boys and all girls leadership academies, the first order of business at Tuesday's Wake County School Board meeting is naming those schools.

Superintendent Tony Tata says William Peace University (Formerly Peace College) wants to host both leadership academies on their campus. The proposed name for those schools are the Wake Boys' Leadership Academy and the Wake Girls' Leadership Academy.

At the suggestion of Deborah Prickett the board plans to name them the Wake Leadership Academies for Young Men and Young Women instead.

The school board recently approved converting Hilburn Elementary to a K-8 school. The favored suggested name for that school is:  Hilburn Drive Academy

Wake County Schools will add a new elementary school on Durant Road in North Raleigh. The suggested name for that school is Abbotts  Creek Elementary, named for a nearby body of water.

Another newly proposed elementary school will be built in Northern Wake Forest. The proposed final name for that school is Richland Creek Elementary.

Finally, plans are moving forward on a new High School in Apex. The recommended favorite name for that one is West Apex High School.

An update on the 2006 bond:

Chief Facilities and Operation Officer Don Haydon updated the board on the progress and changes to new school construction and renovation projects tied to the 2006 school bond.

He told the board those funds built or will build a total of 10 elementary, 4 middle, and 3 high schools. It will also help pay for 14 major school renovation projects in all. Those projects added, or will add, more than 22 thousand additional seats for Wake County students.


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  • LBJ192 Nov 3, 2011

    "going to lose once the new board takes over and puts all the kids back on those diversity busses"

    where do you get the idea that they will go back to diversity busing. the comments i have read from the new board members say they like the new plan but have som unanswered questions.

  • swfsm Nov 1, 2011

    Superman - you often repeat the $30M grant assumption. Did you ever actually read the Dept of Ed review? 3 reviewers - first score 129/140, second 140/140, but third one only gave 112/140. If you read that reviewer's comments - they centered more on not enough disaggregation of information based on gender and race with too much emphasis on race and not enough focus on and consideration of research-based achievement outcomes for the proposed program. I'm not sure what you think that has to due with a "neighborhood school approach". BTW there are many school districts that have magnet programs where the non-magnets are assigned based on proximity (i.e. "neighborhood schools approach") and that doesn't seem to be held against them.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 1, 2011

    Superfly, yes, you are correct. All in all losing 33 mill is nothing to be concerned with and compared to what you're going to lose once the new board takes over and puts all the kids back on those diversity busses it will seem like a discount.

  • superman Nov 1, 2011

    I still remember the 3 million the board threw away when they changed the location of a new high school. That would have helped a lot with paying teachers and instruction materials. But then it is only money. The board lost a 30 million federal grant probably because of their new neighborhood school approach. All in all losing 33 million is really nothing we should be concerned about. We have some wealthy tax payers. In addition it will only cost about 1 million to start the new policy.

  • Screw WrAl Nov 1, 2011

    "Due to an equipment issue"

    You have that problem a lot don't you wral. Wouldn't have a thing to do with next week's election either would it.