Wake County Schools

Wake schools propose calendar changes to balance student population

Posted August 13, 2014 8:39 p.m. EDT
Updated August 13, 2014 9:19 p.m. EDT

Wake County Public School System

— Wake school leaders are considering converting Ballentine and Wakefield elementary schools to a traditional, 10-month school calendar and adding tracks to some existing year-round schools to balance the student population.

Some schools are overcrowded while others are under-enrolled, the school system said.

Alston Ridge Elementary, currently on a single-track year-round schedule would see additional tracks.

Mills Park Elementary and Mills Park Middle, both currently on a traditional schedule, would be converted to a multi-track year-round schedule under the plan.

The change would also sync the schedules at Wakefield Elementary and Wakefield Middle, school officials said.

Schools utilizing a multi-track year-round calendar can enroll more students by operating on four separate tracks, school officials said. Each track runs for about nine weeks, followed by a three-week break. The tracks are staggered so three tracks can operate at any given time.

The proposed changes were discussed during the district’s facilities committee meeting on Tuesday. Committee members favored the changes to Ballentine and Wakefield but were undecided on the other three schools.

Parents at the affected schools can share their thoughts on the changes online and at the Sept. 2 board meeting.

School board members are expected to vote on the proposed changes by Sept. 16.