Some Wake County Year-Round Students Head Back To School
Posted July 12, 2004 6:22 a.m. EDT
CARY, N.C. — Monday was the first day of school for year-round students in 15
Three schools -- Turner Creek and Jones Dairy elementaries and Heritage Middle -- are new and are filled with students who were part of the county's biggest reassignment ever.
Seven year-round schools, including Oak Grove Elementary, have new principals.
"It definitely feels like the first day of school for me after being in the same building for 10 years -- coming to a new building, in a new district with a new calendar," principal Gail Turner said.
Dr. Gregory Decker, principal at West Lake Middle School, also begins his first year in a year-round school.
"One group of students are out while another one comes in. So there's no long breaks," he said. "With the year-round calendar you spend less time going over the review and more time going forward."
Decker expects it will be a big adjustment.
"It's generally never the child that has the difficulty. Children are so resilient," he said.
Jeannie Corradino had a big adjustment of a different kind -- she brought her son Nicholas to school for the very first time.
"It's exciting. It's his very first day of school. He did really well -- he didn't cry, but I'm going to," she said.
Year-round students generally alternate nine weeks on, three weeks off. Another group, or track of year-round students start class on Aug. 2