First meeting tonight of group looking at improving Knightdale schools

Posted by T. Keung Hui on October 22, 2013 

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    Tonight could mark either the beginning of a new era to help Knightdale’s schools or just a repeat of years of promises by Wake County school leaders that didn’t go far.

    The initial meeting Tuesday of the Knightdale Area Education Work Group will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Forestville Road Elementary School, 100 Lawson Ridge Road in Knightdale. The meeting is open to the public.

    Residents in Eastern Wake in general, and Knightdale in particular, have complained for years that the school system hasn’t been doing enough to support the local schools. But the issues raised over the summer from outside audits of four Knightdale schools spurred the creation of this new school system group.

    The group will meet over the next several months to come up with recommendations for changes to improve academic achievement in the town’s schools/

    School board member Tom Benton, who represents most of Eastern Wake and Knightdale, is optimistic about the group..

    ““We’re getting ready to start a historic process out in the Knightdale area,” Benton said at last week’s school board meeting. “Area Superintendent Edward McFarland has put together a work study group consisting of somewhere between 20 and 30 school people, parents, business leaders and civic leaders and the first meeting is Oct. 22.

    It will start a process to look at what we can do to help that area’s schools to become as high quality schools as we have anywhere in Wake County. I’m looking forward to the process and the results that come out of that.”

A new Wake County school system group will hold its first meeting on ways to help improve academic achievement in Knightdale schools.

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