Some Wake parents get time to weigh school options

Wake parents affected by recent school calendar changes have from March 12 to March 18 to apply to another school.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Parents of about 4,500 Wake County public school students will have the opportunity to apply to year-round or magnet schools, beginning Friday.

Earlier this month, the school board converted year-round calendars at four schools to traditional calendars based on results from a district-wide survey gauging parents' attitudes toward their children's school calendar assignments.

Leesville Road Elementary and Leesville Road Middle schools in Raleigh and Mills Park Elementary School in Cary will switch to a traditional calendar beginning in the fall. Mills Park Middle School in Cary will also open on a traditional calendar.

Parents with students assigned to these schools have until March 18 to apply to their school's calendar option or to a magnet school.

Sycamore Creek Elementary School is the calendar option for Leesville Road Elementary; Durant Road Middle and East Cary Middle schools are options for Leesville Road Middle; Highcroft Elementary School is an option for Mills Park Elementary; East Cary Middle School is the alternative for Mills Park Middle.

Letters were sent home this week to affected students' families outlining their options, the school system said.

The additional time means parents who submitted applications earlier this year won't receive their assignments until April 8. They will have until April 28 to decline their offer.

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