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More Wake Magnet Schools May Learn Fate Today

Posted June 5, 2007
Updated August 7, 2007

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— The Wake County school board could move forward with plans Tuesday to revoke the magnet status at several schools.

Daniels Middle, East Garner Middle, East Millbrook Middle, Zebulon Middle, Garner High and Broughton High schools are all on the agenda. Board members said the schools no longer need special, more expensive programs to attract students to increase diversity.

Some Wake County parents are hoping their schools will maintain their magnet status.

"There's something that we're offering that if we don't offer it, it won't be available to kids in our community," said parent Jay Wisse.

Some parents voiced their displeasure at a rally Monday outside Olds Elementary School. A school board commission already voted to cut the magnet program at four schools -- Olds Elementary, Root Elementary, Lincoln Heights Elementary and Wake Forest Elementary.

"We're trying to do this as objectively as we possibly can," said school board chair Patti Head.

Several parents are expected to speak at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a public comment session at the system's Administration Building, located at 3600 Wake Forest Road in Raleigh.

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  • psen Jun 6, 2007

    Does anyone know what decision was taken on the magnet school status for the 4 elementary schools issue yesterday?
    I don't see any follow up posts on the WRAL site. The last meeting minutes posted on the wcpss.net is March 20th.
    WRAL, when will you post an update?

    Thanks.

  • Pippy999 Jun 5, 2007

    I agree Tax Man. I was looking under the WRAL public records and I was shocked to see how much some of the school administrators make! It's disgusting to hear teachers/ school employees complaining about how little they make. Some of those numbers could be cut in half and make fabulous salaries for at least 2 more teachers/principals!

  • Scarecrow Cow Jun 5, 2007

    My parents moved to Wake County when my brother and I were in elementary school soley because it had the best system in North Carolina. If these problems continue I might have to do the same thing and move to a county where my future kids can actually get a good education.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Jun 5, 2007

    Deport of the illegal immigrants and you'll free up enough seats to handle the growth.

    On the other hand, if you get rid of all of the illegal immigrants schools won't be as "healthy" because you'll reduce the number of free and reduced lunches along with improving the socio economical diversity in the schools.

  • Tax Man Jun 5, 2007

    I personally voted against the bond because there is more than enough funds available and our taxes keep increasing. I would expect that if the administration was cut (salaries for people above teachers and principals) that we could find lots of money. Anyway, the school board in asking for the lower bond issue DID promise to look at other options than MYR if the bond passed - well it did pass and they immediately decided there were no other options. I commend the CC for restricting their use of the bond money and for keeping their budget within reason. Magnet schools, traditional schools, year-round schools and charter schools all have their roles - make them ALL available to our parents - give the parents vouchers so they can make the choice - then the board of education will have the voucher money and can spend it.

  • allie19 Jun 5, 2007

    Yeah, maybe we can just blame wakecares for this. God bless the school board. Of course!

  • poohperson Jun 5, 2007

    Sorry, I meant "reading". The mind moves faster than the fingers.

  • poohperson Jun 5, 2007

    allie19

    What were you readig, they reduced the amount of the bond so it would pass and added that 20 schools would go year round. If we as adults can not pay attention to what we are voting on, how can we place any blame with the CC or the BoE.

  • superman Jun 5, 2007

    Thats a real adult view point-- cut the money to the schools because they have to make decisions that some of you dont like. I dont think the BOE likes to cut programs and services. Read my lips-- the bond passing has nothing to do with the current operating budget. The bond money is to buy land and build schools. And the CC still holding the bond money to build the schools. Put the fault where it belongs-- The Wake County Board of County Commissioners. Look on the Board of Education website and u will see that it takes about 3 years to build a school. There is no immediate solution to the over crowding. They going to have to build 10 or 12 schools a year for the next couple years to keep up -- until then-- its going to be playing catch up.

  • allie19 Jun 5, 2007

    Who in their right mind would keep on and keep on and keep on funding things like this? We were told that if this money was granted there would be no mandatory year round. We were told this by the school board AND the county commissioners. 2 weeks after that passed it was on the front page of the N&O that they were going to mandatory year round. The county commissioners will not keep giving them money with such poor planning. SOMEONE has to be responsible

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