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Wake Middle Schools To Be Considered For Year-Round Schedule

Posted August 16, 2006 7:09 a.m. EDT

— The Wake County Board of Education voted 7-1 Tuesday to compile a list of middle schools that could be converted to a year-round calendar beginning the 2007-2008 school year.

That list, however, is not expected to be lengthy, and could be ready to present to the board as early as next week.

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    "The exact language was 'few or some,'" said school board chairwoman Patti Head. "We want to do as few as we can, but we certainly want to do enough to accommodate the number of students who are going to be doing year-round elementary."

    Adding middle schools to a year-round status, some say, could help parents of children who attend year-round elementary schools keep their children on similar schedules. School officials will look at the locations of the proposed elementary year-round schools when putting the middle school list together.

    "One of the things we directed our staff was to look at what middle schools could be converted without impacting seriously any programming that would take place at the schools and also to look at equity at around the county for the availability of year-round schools for our students," Head said.

    School board leaders at Tuesday's meeting also considered a list of

    23 elementary schools

    that could also be converted at the start of the 2007-2008 school year. The list was trimmed last week from 30 schools.

    A public hearing concerning the year-round conversion of elementary schools is scheduled for Aug. 28. The public can also make comments at the school system's

    Web site

    . A final decision is expected Sept. 5.

    About 72,000 more students are expected to crowd the hallways of the Wake County Public School System over the next 10 years. Converting existing elementary and middle schools to a year-round schedule, some say, would help deal with that growth.

    Year-round schools, which have been a small part of the Wake County School System since the early 1990s, hold more students because some students are on break while others are in class