Wake County Schools

Wake school board discussion on year-round calendar changes continues; no vote made

Posted March 21

— The Wake County school board did not vote as planned Tuesday night to change several year-round schools to traditional-calendar schools and the issue was reverted back to a committee for further discussion.

The idea has been met with mixed reviews and several parents spoke about the potential change at a Tuesday night board of education meeting.

The proposal would move six year-round schools to the traditional school calendar, meaning students would be in school for nine months and have summers off. Two other year-round schools would be changed to multi-track, which alternates students on vacation and in school.

The school district says many year-round schools are under-enrolled, and many traditional schools are overcrowded. Some parents, though, say both they and their kids like the year-round calendar because it keeps more kids focused.

Any changes will be made to the 2018-2019 school year.

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  • Stacie Hagwood Mar 21, 8:28 p.m.
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    I don't have a dog in this fight, but to have high schoolers begin class at 7:10 is abusive. School administrators need to focus on what is best for STUDENTS and LEARNING. I understand the challenges of busing, but it is about EDUCATION not transportation. It is about EDUCATION not whether parents will have to pay for before school care. Elementary students need to start at 8am, and high schoolers at 8:30. Then kids will (maybe) get enough sleep which we all know is critical to learning.