Time running out for Wake parents to weigh in on year-round schools
Since Jan. 12, parents of students attending public schools in Wake County have been giving their input on year-round schools.
The school board has also 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.