Education

Wake parents can weigh in on year-round schools

Posted January 12, 2010 2:10 p.m. EST
Updated January 25, 2010 5:41 a.m. EST

— Beginning Tuesday, parents of students attending public schools in Wake County can give their input on year-round schools.

The Wake County Board of Education sent letters Monday to parents of students in all grades, asking them to respond to an online survey to help the board make decisions about year-round schools and student assignment. (Read the survey questions.)

Parents have until Jan. 25 to respond, and Wake County residents who do not have students enrolled in the school system can also leave comments until that time on the school system's Web site.

Also on Tuesday, the school board 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.